Tanzania: Businessman in Court Over 70 Unlicensed Firearms

PROMINENT businessman Akram Aziz Abdul Rasool was yesterday arraigned, facing 75 counts of money laundering, unlawful possession of six elephant tusks, which are government trophies worth over 103m/- and illegal possession of 70 firearms and 6,496 rounds of ammunitions.

Before Senior Resident Magistrate Augustine Rwizile at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, the accused was not allowed to enter plea to the charges because he has been charged under the Economic and Organised Crime Control Act.

He was denied bail because the offence of money laundering is not bailable. The accused was, thus, remand in custody until November 12, 2018, when the case will be mentioned. Investigations into the matter, according to the prosecution, have not been completed.

The prosecution’s team led by Principal State Attorneys Faraja Nchimbi and Paul Kadushi told the court that the accused is alleged to have committed the offences on October 30, 2018 at Oysterbay area in Kinondoni District in the city.

It is alleged that on that day at the place, Aziz was found in possession of six pieces of elephant tusks valued at 45,000 US dollars, equivalent to 103,905,000/-, the property of the United Republic of Tanzania without a permit from the Director of Wildlife.

The court was further told that on the same day and place in the city of Dar es Salaam, the businessman was also found illegally possessing Buffalo meat weighing 65kg valued at 1,900 US dollars, equivalent to 4,352,900/-.

It is alleged by the prosecution that within the same day and place, the accused person was found in unlawful possession of 70 firearms of different types bearing different numbers, notably 41 Riffles, 19 Shotguns and 10 Pistols, without a licence or permit from the Registrar of Firearms.

The prosecution further told the court that on the same day in Kinondoni District, without a licence or permit from the Registrar of Firearms, the businessman was found with a total of 6,496 rounds of ammunition.

Aziz was additionally charged with one count of money laundering, which is alleged to have been committed between June and October 30, 2018 at Oysterbay area in the city.

The prosecution is claiming that Aziz acquired 9,018 Us dollars while he knew or ought to have known at the time of receipt that the sum of money was proceeds of predicate offences of unlawful dealing in government trophies and illegal possession of firearms.


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Publish date : 2018-11-01 12:56:12

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