Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2023. 5:01 pm CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: Attorneys representing the six men being retried for allegedly aiding the landing of a drug plane are asking the court to throw out the matter after the retrial suffered another delay.
The case of The King v Jacinto Roches, Renel Grant, Lawrence Humes, Nelson Middleton, Harold Usher, and Victor Logan, was scheduled to commence on Monday, April 24; however, the lead prosecutor was reportedly ill. An adjournment was granted but when the trial date came up on May 8, the prosecution asked for another adjournment, as the lead prosecutor had reportedly still not recovered.
The attorneys have reportedly filed a no-case submission on the grounds that the accused are being denied access to justice with the repeated delays in the trial date. The trial judge had not issued a formal response to the no-case submission at the time this article was published.
Breaking Belize News (BBN) will be following this story.
The men are accused of facilitating the landing of a twin-engine Super King Air BeechCraft airplane carrying over 2 tons of cocaine between Miles 56 and 57 on the Southern Highway in the vicinity of Bladen Village, Toledo District 13 November 2010. They were tried in the Dangriga Supreme Court and in June 2014 were acquitted after the trial judge accepted a no-case submission from the attorneys of the accused men. They were re-indicted back in 2016 after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the decision to dismiss the initial case.
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