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November 26, 2011
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Alien on a mission for Haile Selassie?

An illegal alien who claims he is from Trinidad but had arrived in Jamaica in 2007 on a mission for King Haile Selassie was remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday until November 28.

Nku Mwamba is charged with possession of, dealing in ganja and overstaying his time in the island. He is facing the possibility of being additionally chargedwith illegal entry.

Laughter erupted in the courtroom as the defendant tried repeatedly to explain how he came to be in Jamaica from the twin-island republic from 2007, even though he said he was granted only six months to stay.

However, Senior Resident Magistrate (RM) Judith Pusey advised the defendant that "there's no record of your entry in the immigration records", which left the defendant bemused.

Furthermore, RM Pusey elaborated to the defendant that the information received from immigration in Trinidad illustrated that he was not a citizen of that country either, which led the defendant to reply, "So where am I from, ma'am?" which resumed laughter in the court.

The defendant later advised the court that he was at a loss for words as he had communicated to immigration in 2007 when he arrived in Jamaica that he was on a mission for repatriation.

Additionally, he told the court that he changed his birth name in the 1970s from St Patrick St Loius to his current name.

Mwamba was arrested on contraband related charges recently and it was later discovered that he is an illegal alien.

According to police reports, the defendant, who is a vendor, was seen acting suspiciously.

He was searched and a transparent plastic parcel containing vegetable matter resembling ganja was taken from his right front pocket.

The stall he was operating from was also searched and a parcel of vegetable matter resembling ganja wrapped in a black plastic bag was also found.

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