Venezuelan drug trafficker remanded to Chichiri Prison

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The suspected Venezuelan drug trafficker, Andreina Mendez Torres who was arrested at Chileka International Airport, will spend the next seven days on remand at Chichiri prison to pave way for the police to complete its investigations.

Andreina Mendez Torres  before being charged Andreina Mendez Torres before being charged

The ruling by Blantyre chief resident magistrate Simeon Mdeza comes after the police failed to interrogate Andreina Mendez due to communication barrier as the suspect could not understand English.

Torres was arrested on July 3 at Chileka International Airport after being found with 250 brushes which contained substance suspected to be cocaine.

State Prosecutor, Christopher Katani, told the court that the police could not manage to get a statement from the suspect as she does not speak English.

In his preliminary submission to the court, Katani introduced an interpreter, Peter Phiri, to help the court and the 24-year old Torres who is said to be fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

The State, led by Katani and Patricio Philemon, asked the court to allow them seven days to finish investigations on the matter.

Senior Resident Magistrate, Simeone Mdeza, ordered the State to conclude investigations  by July 12 this year.


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