Three foreigners have avoided a custodial sentence of five years each after managing to pay a total of 30m/- in fines following their conviction on human trafficking-related offences by the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam.
They are Alidii Muhammmed (42), a Kenyan, Alhumaid Abdullah Homouda (48), a Saud Arabian and his wife, Dounia Bennani (34), a national of Morocco. Principal Resident Magistrate Huruma Shaidi convicted the trio on their own plea of guilty to charges of conspiracy and severe trafficking in persons.
However, the magistrate acquitted two Tanzanians, Abdallah Ally Salum (46) and Jumanne Saidy Alawy (36), who reside at Kawe in Dar es Salaam and Sakina in Arusha, respectively, after the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against them.
While the three foreigners had admitted to the charges, the two Tanzanians denied involvement, forcing the prosecution to summon two witnesses to prove the charges in question.
In his ruling, however, the magistrate found that the evidence tendered by the witnesses was insufficient to call upon the accused persons to give their defence testimony in respect to the charges.
During the trial, the prosecution had told the court that on diverse dates between April 29 and June 6, last year, at unspecified place in the city within the United Republic of Tanzania, the accused persons allegedly conspired to commit an offence of severe trafficking in persons.
It was alleged that within the same period at Kariakoo area within Ilala District in Dar es Salaam, the accused persons recruited, transported, received and harboured 12 persons, who are foreigners, for the purpose of voluntary servitude under the pretext of overseas employment in Saudi Arabia.
They are Irakoze Singorine, Rahma Girukwishaka, Shimilimana Riziki Hassan, Rehema Cancana, Nduimana Riziki, Shimilimana Asia Selemani, Dishime Bella, Irakoze Amina, Nizigimana Aisha, Inasuku Edna, Zawadi Niyonzima and Nzeyimana Amina.