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GWELO, Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6, 1966 — Stren­u­ous op­po­si­tion to bail in the case Mo­hammed Hassin Iqbal, of 68 Third Street, Gwelo, was put for­ward by the public pros­e­cu­tor, Pa­trol Of­fi­cer JP Miller, at Gwelo Mag­is­trate’s court to­day when Iqbal was re­manded on two counts brought un­der the Gold Trade Act al­leg­ing deal­ing in or pos­ses­sion of gold.

But the mag­is­trate, Mr TC Rhodes, al­lowed bail in the sum of £500 cash on grounds that there was “in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence of a con­clu­sive na­ture for the court to refuse”.

Mr Rhodes did, how­ever, im­pose the con­di­tions for bail that Iqbal should re­port three times daily to Gwelo Charge Of­fice, that he should sur­ren­der his travel doc­u­ments, that he should sur­ren­der his travel doc­u­ments, that he should not com­mu­ni­cate with any Crown wit­nesses and that he should not con­tra­vene any of the pro­vi­sions of the Gold Trade Act. Iqbal was re­manded to Oc­to­ber 19. Pa­trol Of­fi­cer Miller said the Crown op­po­si­tion to bail was on grounds that the ac­cused man was likely to ab­scond and to com­mit fur­ther of­fences. “We also an­tic­i­pate in­ter­fer­ence with wit­nesses,” he said.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, De­tec­tive Sec­tion Of­fi­cer David Wright, said that on Au­gust 25 a mem­ber of the CID ap­proached the ac­cused with an­other piece of gold which was pur­chased. Ques­tioned as to the pos­si­bil­ity of in­ter­fer­ence with wit­nesses, D/S/O Wright de­scribed the ac­cused as a “vi­cious crim­i­nal. He has in­formed me him­self of the ac­tion he took on an­other gold dealer who dou­ble crossed him”.

The de­tec­tive pro­duced in court a length of plas­tic cov­ered cy­cle chain which he had found on the ac­cused’s dress­ing ta­ble.

Asked by the mag­is­trate how he based his opin­ion that Iqbal was a “vi­cious crim­i­nal”, D/S/O Wright replied: “From his own brag­ging to me of how an­other gold dealer was beaten up, I think he would take ret­ri­bu­tion on those in­volved in this case”.

Mr Bruce Longhurst ap­peared for the ac­cused.

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