April 23, 2012
Court hearing adjourned after wrong interpreter is booked
TWO shopkeepers who had 22,000 fake and illegal cigarettes seized from their grocery store had a wasted journey to court because the wrong interpreter turned up.
Soran Talibani, 33, and Sako Fatahi, 32, of Gloucester Groceries, Station Road, pleaded guilty to 42 charges of supplying illegal tobacco.
They were due to be sentenced at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Thursday but the case had to be adjourned.
Talibani required a Kurdish Sorani interpreter but the court apologised after a Somoli interpreter was wrongly booked.
"It is a mistake that should have been avoided," said bench chairman Andrew Tabor.
Jane Gadsen, prosecuting for Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards, said she was disappointed, having e-mailed the court service, asking for a Kurdish Sorani interpreter on March 23.
Talibani owned the shop until September 2011 when responsibility was transferred to Fatahi. Talibani pleaded guilty to 25 charges, while Fatahi pleaded guilty to 17 at a hearing in March.
Sentencing was adjourned until May 8.