Arrested ex-British soldier demands to know whistleblower

An ex-British soldier who was arrested last month on allegations of manufacturing, distributing and smuggling dangerous drugs has asked the courts to provide him with the name of the whistleblower in his case.

Valentine Maponga 

James Francis Joscelyne of Number 9 Marion Close in Glen Lorne, Harare, was arrested on 21 July 2017 at his home by detectives from the CID Drugs and Narcotics following a tip off.

Through his lawyer Advocate Sylvester Hashiti, Joscelyn requested the State to release the name of the alleged whistleblower who provided the information leading to his arrest,

“We request that the State release the name of the whistleblower or informant so that we know how to plea and prepare our defence,” said Advocate Hashiti citing a previous case from Constitutional Court.

Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri asked for time to make her response and Harare Magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta remanded the case to 16 August 2017.

Following his arrest, police recovered 8,25g of cocaine, 133g ecstasy powder, 43 ecstasy tablets, a machine used to manufacture ecstasy tablets, 25kg of micro crystalline cellulose, 800g magnesium stalite, a machine used to press dagga and a scale, among other illicit substances.