$40, 000 Bail for Media Men

Two well-known media practitioners have been arrested and jointly charged with trafficking in connection with approximately 1 kilo of cocaine found in a vehicle they were traveling in on The Carenage last week Thursday.

Akhir Addulalym (l) and Osbourne Joel Liverpool (r) as they were being led to court on Tuesday

The two are Fontenoy resident, Akhir Addulalym, 26, who is employed as a cameraman with the Government Information Service (GIS) and the other is Tempe resident, Osbourne Joel Liverpool, a 38-year-old radio announcer attached to BOSS FM.

Addulalym and Liverpool appeared before the St. George’s No. 3 Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where bail was granted to them in the sum of $40, 000 each with 2 sureties.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the first time offenders found themselves on the wrong side of the law after the illegal substance, which carries an estimated street value $100, 000.00 was discovered concealed in a plastic bag on the back seat of the vehicle which was being driven by Addulalym.

The drugs were allegedly discovered moments after the two disembarked on the Carenage from the vessel known as Amelia which travel between St. George’s and the sister isle of Carriacou.

As the No. 1 and No. 2 St. George’s Magistrate’s Courts were not sitting the matter was taken by Police Prosecutors before Acting Magistrate Francine Foster who was sitting at the Traffic Court instead of regular Magistrate, Jerry Seales.

The Prosecution did not object to bail for either Addulalym nor Liverpool who were both represented by Criminal attorney-at-law, Peter David.

However, the Police requested that special conditions be attached to the bail and Magistrate Foster ordered the drug suspects to surrender all their travel documents and report to the Central Police Station on the Carenage every Monday and Friday between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

Accompanying attorney David to the bail hearing sitting was Director of the GIS, Rawle Titus, who informed the court that his employee is expected to travel to China to represent the State media at an event on September 7 and will return home on September 26.

Titus requested the court to grant Addulalym permission to travel abroad.

“Akhir is expected to travel, he will continue his job at GIS and is represented (today) by his boss who came here to support him,” Attorney David told the court.

After listening to the plea, the Acting Magistrate agreed to grant Addulalym permission to travel but reminded his counsel that the request must also be brought before her in writing.

The two drug suspects who are facing a maximum penalty of up to 7 years behind bars or a fine of $250, 000 or up to 3 times the value of the illegal substance are expected to make their next court appearance on November 2.

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