Thursday August 22 2013
– Two Icelandic nationals have been arrested and charged with the importation through Melbourne Airport of a suspected three kilograms of cocaine.
The consul-general of Iceland was in court on Wednesday when the men appeared in custody. An Icelandic teacher acted as an impromptu interpreter in the Melbourne Magistrates Court after their arrest on Tuesday by the Australian Federal Police.
The solicitor for one of the men, Ruth Parker, said the only two known Icelandic interpreters in Melbourne were unavailable. She said the female teacher had volunteered to interpret.
Commonwealth prosecutor Ben Kerlin told magistrate Gerard Lethbridge the cocaine had not yet been weighed due to the “way it was concealed” but was estimated to be about three kilograms.
Both men have been charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine. Neither made an application for bail and both were remanded to appear again in November – Steve Butcher