By Karama Kenyunko
The High Court in Dar es Salaam zone on Tuesday assigned Judge Rose Teemba to hear the bail application of ivory trade case facing the Coast Regional Football Association (COREFA) chairman, Hassan Othman ‘Hassanoo’, and five others after being acquitted by the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court where he was facing another charge.
Early this year, Hassanoo and other accused filed the bail application through their advocate Richard Rweyongeza but the court granted bail to other accused except Hassanoo because he was facing another case where he and three others were charged with three counts, including conspiracy and alleged stealing property worth 400m/-.
But Hassanoo was acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence.
On November 20, this year, advocate Rweyongeza filed the application with one ground said that his client had another case which caused the court to deny him a bail but his client already was acquitted, adding that in the case before the court the other accused are out on bail.
Besides Hassanoo, other accused are Ally Kimwaga, Dustan Mwanga, Godfrey Mwanga, John Mlai, Khalid Fazaldin and Lusekolo Mwakajila.
According to the charge sheet, it was alleged that between September 1 and November 20, last year in Dar es Salaam and Hong Kong the accused allegedly conspired to commit an offence of dealing with trophy business without valid license.
On the second count it was alleged that on the same date and place the accused intentionally organised, managed, supervised and financed a criminal network to carry out a business of trophy without dealers’ license by exporting 569 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 1,330 kilograms worth 1,185,030,000/- to Hong Kong.
On the third count it was alleged that willfully and unlawfully the accused allegedly carried the business of trophy dealing without trophy dealers’ license by exporting elephant 569 pieces of elephant tusks of the same weight and amount to Hong Kong.
Hassanoo used to serve as an official of Simba Sports Club of Dar es Salaam and has a strong link with Ruvu Shooting, another Mainland top flight side competing in the premiership.