Three Dar es Salaam residents yesterday appeared before bv Kisutu Resident Magistrates Court charged with money laundering and smuggling of 6.244 kilogrammes of minerals including gold worth 507m/-.
The suspects are Donald Njonjo (30) a resident of Kigamboni, Gamba Muyemba (51) of Tandika, Temeke district and Kashif Mohammed (41) of Upanga, in the city.
The suspects were appeared before senior Resident Magistrates, Kevini Mhina. State Attorney, Jacqueline Nyantori told the court that all the suspects are charged with economic sabotage and four other separate charges.
Nyantori stated that in between November 30th 2017 and Juni 29th this year, the suspects all together smuggled 6.244 kilogrammes of gold worth 507,347,000/- from the office of the Minerals Commissioner in Masaki, Kinondoni district.
In the second count, facing Kashif Mohammed, the suspect was found in illegal possession of 2794.5 kilograms of gold worth $121,155.45 equivalent to 278,714,478.06/- at Indiragandhi Street in July 8, 2019.
The seized gold were part of the minerals smuggled from the Minerals Commissioner office in Masaki. She informed the court that, all the suspects were found in illegal possession of the minerals in between July 1st and November 2018 in Ilala district, Dar es Salaam.
She explained that in between Julai 1st and November 31st 2018 the suspects all together were involved in unlawful transfer of the minerals while knowing the minerals were illegally obtained.
The suspects were not allowed to enter any plea since the court did not have jurisdiction over the case until it is permitted by the director of public prosecution (DPP).
The suspects had been remanded and the case will come up for mention on July 29, 2019.