The Venezuelans who were intercepted in Dominica’s territorial last week, reappears before the court
The ten (10) Venezuelans who were intercepted in Dominica’s territorial waters on March 21st, 2011 reappeared before Magistrate Candia George on Monday March 28th,2011, for their trial.
The men first appeared before the Roseau Magistrate’s Court on March 24th, 2011 where they pleaded not guilty to all five charges that were brought against them under the drug prevention and misuse act as well as the customs act.
Three separate charges were also brought against the captain Jose Luis Silva Hernandez, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The trial which was scheduled to begin at 2:30pm yesterday began two and a half hours later after defense Lawyer Zena Dyer requested time to read one statement that was not made available to her on time, by the prosecutor.
When the trial finally began at approximately 4:15pm, Investigating Officer Corporal F. Thomas took the stand, where he recalled the events leading up to the men’s arrest.
Corporal Thomas is expected to continue when the matter resumes later this week, after which four other witnesses; two policemen and two custom officers are also expected to take the stand.
The trial will resume on Thursday March 31st, 2011 at the Roseau Magistrate’s Court.
We will continue to provide you with updates on the matter as the story unfold.