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Foreign vessel detained in major drug bust

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:06 pm

Foreign vessel detained in major drug bust

18-April-2016
The NDEA (National Drugs Enforcement Agency) and the Seychelles Coastguard’s major search and arrest operation at sea that was carried out over a two-day period has culminated in the arrival at Port Victoria of an Iranian registered dhow in the early hours of yesterday.

On board were eleven Iranian nationals and a detachment of NDEA and Coastguard personnel. The boat was detained and its crew arrested after it entered Seychelles territorial waters during the early hours of April 16, 2016. Preliminary estimates of the amount of drugs on board have been revised pending a full audit and search that is ongoing. So far some 98.5kg have been recovered. The exact content of the drugs will not be established pending analysis, but are believed to contain opiates in different forms.

The ship was detained as a result of a joint operation mounted between the NDEA and the Coastguard following analysis of intelligence gathered in collaboration with regional partners. On analysis of the intelligence an operation was planned and a joint boarding party set to sea in a number of vessels on April 15, 2016.

The operation to recover the ship and its crew lasted for more than 36 hours. After the boat was observed entering the territorial waters a decision was made to detain it. Following a preliminary search a quantity of drugs were discovered, after which it was decided to escort the boat to Port Victoria for further investigations and searches.

A major Investigation is underway and it is anticipated that members of the crew will be brought before the courts tomorrow to answer charges in connection with the matter.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=249132

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«Les noms de certains politiciens de l’ancien régime dans la liste», dit Ally Lazer

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:22 am

Ally Lazer a déposé la liste dans laquelle figure les noms de 136 personnes connues comme étant des trafiquants de drogues, lundi 18 avril. Le travailleur social indique que celle-ci contient les noms de certains politiciens de l’ancien régime.


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R6.1m worth of illegally acquired assets in major State seizure

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:16 pm

R6.1m worth of illegally acquired assets in major State seizure

17-June-2016


Assets worth R6.1 million belonging to one of eight suspected drug traffickers which the Supreme Court have ordered seized are now in the possession of the State.
They are a property, a car hire business of 12 cars and a bank account.
The seized assets are expected to be disposed of through public tender and the proceeds will go into drug rehabilitation programmes.
Giving details yesterday afternoon on what he described as a major success in the fight against drug trafficking, the Minister for Home Affairs Charles Bastienne commended the concerted inter-agency work -- Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), National Drugs Enforcement Agency (NDEA), police, Attorney General’s office and others -- which has led to the successful outcome of this case.
This was in the presence of Attorney General Rony Govinden; Liam Quinn, Deputy Chief Officer of the NDEA; and Finbarr O’Leary, Deputy Director of the FIU.
It was on May 20 last month that the Supreme Court delivered its judgment in the case under the Anti-Money Laundering Act. The case and others had been before the Court since February/March.
“The individual pleaded guilty in view of the overwhelming evidence against him,” Minister Bastienne said.
Meanwhile Minister Bastienne said the inter-agencies are continuing their hard work with the aim of securing successful outcomes on the remaining cases.

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First group of prisoners released under new drug law

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:31 pm

First group of prisoners released under new drug law

06-August-2016
A first group of 15 prisoners have been released after benefitting from a remission under the new Misuse of Drugs Act which came into force in June.
Among the group two will be following compulsory detox and drug rehabilitation programmes in an institution for six months as they tested positive for drugs on the day of their hearing.
They will be tested again after the six months and if they are clean they will be released immediately but if they are not ready and feel they want to continue with rehabilitation they can remain on the programme or if not they will be transferred back to prison to complete their original sentence.
Over 200 people sentenced for a drug offence under the old drug Act qualified to apply to have their sentences reviewed under Section 51 (2) of the new Act.
The case of the 15 prisoners was heard on Thursday by a special Tribunal established under Section 51 of the new Act.
The case was heard through a video link between the Tribunal at Palais de Justice and the Montagne Posée prison.
Chief Justice Mathilda Twomey presided the Court session and she was helped by Justice Mohan Burhan, Magistrates Laura Pillay and Jessica Kerr.
The hearing procedures were simple as all the prisoners had presented written affidavits which were attached to their application for remission and these were confirmed, also through video link, by prison superintendent Maxime Tirant.
After the hearing Justice Twomey expressed satisfaction at the exercise which she said had been smooth and fast as the cases were simple and concerned possession of small quantities of drugs but not trafficking.
Another group of 16 prisoners had their case heard yesterday by the same Court.


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