The duo that was jointly charged for the recruitment of persons to traffic cocaine had the charge against them dismissed on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Rolston Bacchus and Mark Sawyers pleaded not guilty to the charges which alleged that they recruited Safraz Jalaladeen to traffic 6.04 kilograms of cocaine out of Guyana from April 1-May 19, 2016.Rolston BacchusMark SawyerPresiding Magistrate Judy Latchmam said a prima facie case was not made against the defendants since the evidence of the prosecution’s witness, Gilalidine, was manifestly unreliable.Just over two weeks, Jalaladeen appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the offence. He had since been cooperating with the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) assisting with the investigations.Ranks attached to CANU were able to finger the men after Jalaladeen was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with the drugs concealed in Kerrygold milk packets in two of his suitcases.While Sawyers walked out of court a free man, Bacchus still remains remanded as he has another drug matter pending.
The Bangladeshi Contingent serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said at least 3200 young Liberians have benefited from their skills training program.This was contained in a statistic released by the Bangladeshi Engineering Contingent that manages the Bangladeshi Skills Training Program, stationed at the Bangladesh-Liberia Friendship Center (BLFC) in Ganta City, Nimba County.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Ganta recently, the Contingent Commander, Lt. Col Mohammed Anwar Uddin said, “So far, more than 3200 Liberians have been trained in this center.”This center conducts training in computer, nursing and medicare, generator operation and maintenance as well as tailoring.BLFC was established in 2007 by the UNMIL Bangladeshi Contingent under the command of Lt. Col Hoque. Through this center many Liberians were able to acquire skills in many disciplines where today some of them are self employed.Lt. Col Uddin disclosed that every year, the center conducts four packages of training in order to build the capacities of hundreds of Liberians for the job market.Meanwhile, the Engineering Battalion commander, who presently manages the center, is calling on Liberians to utilize the center by coming to get skills for future jobs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)