Witnesses overseas; Azzopardi lawyer calls for bail

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The lawyer representing the alleged drug dealer Jordan Azzopardi, has said it was not justified that his client should have to stay in police custody until witnesses testified in the case in October.

Two witnesses which were expected to give evidence in court today were outside of the country, meaning that their testimony would have to be given in October.

The Defence Lawyer Franco Debono argued that there had been plenty of time in previous sittings for the two witnesses to give evidence. He said that it was unfair on his client.

Jordan Azzopardi is facing charges for drugs trafficking.

‘It’s unfair that the accused has to suffer because of these people,’

Dr Debono stressed that his client was innocent until proven innocent and thus he should be given bail with strict conditions.

Today’s session which saw both Mr Azzopardi and his girlfriend appear in court, comes only a day after the defendant had been given a suspended sentence over the handling of stolen electronics. Azzopardi was found guilty and given a 13 month suspended sentence for three years.

Azzopardi’s girlfriend is herself out on bail following an allegation of trying to bribe a witness with €20,000 to not testify.

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The 31 year old continues to plead not guilty to involvement in transferring fake money and defrauding three shops in San Ġwann and Sliema. She has also been charged being in possession of cannabis.

Magistrate Doreen Clarke told Azzopardi and his lawyer that a decision on his bail request would be given in chambers.

The prosecuting officers in the case are Inspectors Mark Anthony Mercieca and Justine Grech. The defence legal team are the lawyers Amadeus Cachia and Marion Camilleri.