ISTANBUL – Demirören News Agency Sercan İpekçioğlu, a.k.a Ezhel, with his mother Ulya Turgut. (Instagram photo) Popular Turkish rapper Sercan İpekçioğlu, better known by his stage name Ezhel, was acquitted by a court in Istanbul in the second case in which he was accused of encouraging drug use. Ezhel was represented by his lawyer Fuat Ekin in the hearing at Istanbul’s Asian side courthouse on Feb. 21. “When the songs which are subject to litigation are evaluated entirely, it is clear that there was no specific intent to encourage drug use. All in all, it is a work of art,” Ekin told the court, describing Ezhel as a “modern bard.” The court decided to acquit Ezhel on grounds that “elements of a crime have not occurred.” Ezhel was arrested on May 24, 2018 on the same charges, facing up to 10 years behind bars. However, he was acquitted in the first hearing next month. His arrest had led to widespread … [Read more...] about Turkish rap artist Ezhel acquitted in second drug case
Member Center:Create Account|Log InManage Account|Log Out Home News Community Calendar Podcasts Newsletter TV Radio Weather About LIFESTYLE TV11 TV8 TVone GNN i94-FM Isla63-AM Auto Beauty & Style Entertainment Food Health Home/Family Money Pets Tech Travel VideoBytes Press Releases Couple tried twice in federal drug case face third trial in Calif. Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:49 AM ESTUpdated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:49 AM EST It appears a couple accused in a major federal drug case will be tried in California. The pair, who are accused of trying to smuggle eights pounds of the drug, ICE, from California to Guam in 2015, had been tried in the District Court of Guam twice. Both trials, however, resulted in hung juries. Federal prosecutors requested to dismiss the case without prejudice, as they have decided to prosecute it where the alleged incident took place—in California. The couple had been placed under arrest earlier this month … [Read more...] about Couple tried twice in federal drug case face third trial in Calif.
Jerick Sablan Pacific Daily News Published 2:31 AM EST Jan 28, 2019 One of two remaining defendants in one of the largest prescription pill seizures on Guam will need to wait to take a plea in the case. Lucas Briola Rebanal appeared before Superior Court of Guam Judge Anita Sukola on Monday for a change of plea hearing, but the plea wasn't filed with the court. More: House arrest lifted, more pleas possible in prescription drug case More: 5 arrested after pills, drug paraphernalia found after Astumbo home searched, GPD says Rebanal's attorney Curtis Van de veld said he thought everything was good to go for the hearing. He said he will work with the attorney general's office to get the plea filed with the court. He said his client has provided some information in a significant case that should also be noted moving forward with his change of plea. Sukola scheduled another hearing for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13. One of the largest pill seizures on Guam Rebanal and five others were … [Read more...] about Change of plea in largest prescription drug case delayed
A magistrate has thrown out a 35-year-old drug case against a man who was accused of cannabis possession in 1984. Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo ruled the case against the man who is 61 today, to be time-barred. The man from Sliema was charged in April 1984 with possession of cannabis resin and seeds, and of cultivating the plant. At the time, the man was 26-years-old. The charges were filed in front of Magistrate Geoffrey Valenzia, who was later appointed judge. The man had failed to show up for the case and in June that year, an arrest warrant was issued. In December 1984 the Attorney General initiated extradition proceedings after it was established that the man had gone to live abroad. In her judgment this morning, Farrugia Frendo considered that the man was now 61-years-old, was facing a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison and a fine of €2,333. She ruled that in such a case the prescriptive period was of two years. The case became time-barred in February 1987, two … [Read more...] about Magistrate throws out 35-year-old drug case
Member Center:Create Account|Log InManage Account|Log Out Home News Community Calendar Podcasts Newsletter TV Radio Weather About LIFESTYLE TV11 TV8 TVone GNN i94-FM Isla63-AM Auto Beauty & Style Entertainment Food Health Home/Family Money Pets Tech Travel VideoBytes Press Releases Major drug case could head back to California Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 2:29 AM ESTUpdated: Thursday, January 10, 2019 2:29 AM EST The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California is taking a couple tried twice on Guam for drugs back to court. The California district indicted Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser on charges of possession with intent to distribute meth, aiding and abetting. Court documents state Martinez was arrested on Guam today. The pair stood accused of attempting to smuggle eight pounds of meth from California to Guam back in 2015. The case has since resulted in two mistrials following hung juries. A motion hearing for the couple is set for Jan. … [Read more...] about Major drug case could head back to California