State House peacock remandees freed in plea bargaining

31Oct 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
State House peacock remandees freed in plea bargaining

THREE people, who were last week charged with economic sabotage at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s court for possession of three peacocks belonging to State House, were yesterday set free in a plea bargaining agreement.

This is after the trio, David Graha, Mohammed Hatibu and Mohammed Mahamoud wrote to the Director of Public Prosecutions confessing having committed the crime in exchange for lesser punishment.

They were charged with organizing a criminal gang, participating in organized crime and money laundering and were in remand prison.

But yesterday, Senior Resident Magistrate Salumu Ally set the accused persons free after they had successfully negotiated their freedom with the DPP.

However, Ally said the trio have been slapped with a fine amounting to 6,890,000/- and the ornamental birds have been returned to the government.

“You are being set free on condition that you should not commit a criminal offence within a period of six months,” the magistrate said.

Plea bargaining is an arrangement between prosecutor and defendant whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence or an agreement to drop other charges.

During the mention of the case last week, Principal State Attorney Faraja Nchimbi alongside Senior State Attorney Wankyo Simon told Resident Magistrate Vicky Mwaikambo that between June 1 2015 and October 14 this year, the accused persons conspired to trade in the birds worth USD 1,500 (over 3m/-).

Nchimbi alleged in the second charge that the trio was found in possession of the three peacocks illegally.

Simon proceeded to tell the court that on October 14 within Mikocheni suburb in Dar es Salaam Region, the third accused person Mahamoud was found with the birds.

In another count, the attorneys told the court that between June 1 2015 and October 14 this year, within Dar es Salaam, the first and second accused persons received a total of 300,000/- in proceeds of money laundering.

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