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Court acquits Nigerian national of drug possession charge

New Delhi: A Nigerian national, arrested here in 2007 by DRI for allegedly possessing five kilograms of contraband heroin, has been acquitted by a Delhi court which observed that the recovery of the seized narcotic was not found to be "trustworthy".



New Delhi: A Nigerian national, arrested here in 2007 by DRI for allegedly possessing five kilograms of contraband heroin, has been acquitted by a Delhi court which observed that the recovery of the seized narcotic was not found to be "trustworthy".

Special Judge M K Nagpal let off accused Mike Chimezie, a resident of Nigeria, who was arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officers on February 28, 2007 from R K Puram here on the basis of a tip off. DRI had claimed that the accused was found possessing five kilograms of heroin in his bag.

"It is held that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove its charge and the guilt of the accused for offence punishable under section 21 (c) of the NDPS (Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substance) Act beyond reasonable doubts and hence, the accused is acquitted of the above charge giving benefit of doubt," the court said.

 The judge also said since Chimezie was a foreign national, he was "liable to be deported back to his native country unless he is wanted to be detained in any other case".

According to DRI, it received a secret information on February 28, 2007 that a person of African origin would be coming at the bus stand of sector-2, R K Puram and he would be carrying some narcotic substance.

A raiding team was constituted which reached at the spot and when Chimezie tried to run away, he was intercepted by officers after a brief scuffle, it had alleged, adding that the accused was arrested on March 1, 2007.

The court had earlier framed charges against the accused for the offence punishable the NDPS Act.

During the trial, the accused denied allegations levelled against him and said he was falsely implicated in the case.

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