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Last Updated: Monday, 24 October 2005, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
Yachtsman waits on trial decision
John Packwood
John Packwood has always maintained his innocence
The case of a British man deported to Morocco to face drug smuggling charges has been adjourned until Wednesday.

John Packwood, from the Isle of Wight, was arrested in Spain because a boat he had delivered was later found to have been used to smuggle cocaine.

On Wednesday, it is hoped the judge will give his decision over whether Mr Packwood should be released or should face trial.

The marine engineer, 42, had been held in a Spanish jail since October 2004.

There isn't a happy ending because there has been far too much damage. Nothing can compensate for that
Jane Amestoy

His case was presented to a Moroccan judge on Monday sitting in a court in Kenitra.

Mr Packwood's partner, Jane Amestoy, 40, said: "The judge has said he is going to take until Wednesday and give a decision."

Ms Amestoy is hoping the judge will rule that there is no case to answer.

"He's not going to be the person he was a year ago and neither are we.

"There isn't a happy ending because there has been far too much damage. Nothing can compensate for that," she added.

The allegations relate to a yacht Mr Packwood sailed with three other crew members from Southampton to the purchasers in Morocco in April 1997.

Arrest warrant

Four Colombians later used the same boat for a deal involving six tonnes of cocaine.

They have since been convicted of smuggling while Mr Packwood and the three other crew members were interviewed by Interpol.

Mr Packwood did not know that a warrant had been issued for his arrest until he arrived in Spain last October for a holiday.

He was detained under an international arrest warrant issued by the Moroccan authorities.

Mr Packwood was then extradited from Spain to Morocco last month where he has been held in prison awaiting trial.

Mr Packwood's solicitor, Jason McCue, maintains there is no evidence to link Mr Packwood with either the drugs or the smugglers.




SEE ALSO:
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