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High Court suspends bail granted to Brazilians allegedly held with cocaine in plane

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 17:16 by Denis Chabrol

Andre Luiz Pereira

The High Court has suspended a total of GY$6 million bail that has been granted to two Brazilians who have been charged with being in possession of more than 500 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The High Court has granted a temporary order suspending the bail and asking the Police to show cause why the two Brazilians, who are also accused of illegal entry, should not be released from custody.

After the one-engine Cessna plane, with Brazilian registration markings,  made an emergency landing at Orealla in May, anti-drug agents said they found a large quantity of cocaine aboard.

Attorney General, Mr. Mohabir Anil Nandlall had filed lawsuit by Adeline Bernadette Mandokin for and on behalf of Andre Luiz Pereira on August 16 seeking an order for the accused to be produced.

Justice Sandil Kissoon has since ordered the Police Commissioner to show cause why Pereira should not be released from custody. The Attorney General, who is representing the Police Commissioner,  wants the accused men to remain in prison on remand because they are a flight-risk because they are not from Guyana.

Further, he has said that they arrived in Guyana illegally by air.

Salem Nobrega de Alancar

After hearing arguments by  Attorneys-at-Law Mr. Nigel Hughes and Ms. Konyo Sandiford for Luiz Periera, Justice Kissoon upheld the submissions made by the Attorney General that the accused

This means that the persons should remain in custody until the hearing and determination of the Judicial Review challenge to Magistrate Moore’s grant of bail in the circumstances.

The Attorney General reportedly told the High Court that the challenge to Magistrate Moore’s order granting bail was unprecedented.

Mr. Nandlall says it raises matters of public legal importance and that it is in the public’s interest that the issues raised be fully ventilated and adjudicated upon by the court.

The Attorney General told the court that in those circumstances, justice would be best served if the order of the Magistrate is suspended and that the accused remain in custody.

The cocaine and the two accused men

Mr. Nandlall is challenging the legality of Magistrate Moore’s order granting bail.

In the end, Justice Kissoon granted an Interim Order staying and suspending the order by Senior Magistrate Moore dated the 22 nd day of July, 2021, granting bail to Andre Luiz Pereira and Salem Nobrega De Alencar.

Magistrate Moore had granted each of them GY$$3 million bail each, for the offence of possession of more than 530 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and $50,000 each for arriving in Guyana illegally.