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Man Speaking Farsi Nears Closing For Plot to Import Drugs from Mozambique to NYC

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 12 – Malek Mohammad Balouchzehi is in trial for conspiracy to import narcotics into the US from Mozambique and elsewhere.  

     On May 11, 2023, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jesse M. Furman was presiding over the trial in large courtroom 318 in 40 Foley Square. Inner City Press went and covered it. 

  Balouchzehi's CJA counsel from Quinn Emanuel was cross-examining the prosecution's phone and photo expert. It was established that while most photos taken by a phone were stored in the DCIM folder, other defaults can be set. 

  Over objections, Defense Exhibit 2C came in - the prosecutors had already introduced it. Summations should be Monday, May 15.

On May 12, the charge conference was held. Inner City Press was there. The defense wanted out the instruction about absent witnesses, saying they could not have called the Mozambique undercover, who was anonymous. The prosecution said they didn't try. Judge Furman to his credit docketed the draft charge - and the jury questionnaire, which included:

Some of the evidence in this case may concern events that took place at or around the following locations: a. Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya b. Baia Mall in Maputo, Mozambique c. Maputo Shopping Center in Maputo, Mozambique d. Taverna Café in Maputo, Mozambique e. The Balochistan region in Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan More generally, there may be references in this case to Iran, Afghanistan, Mozambique, and Kenya. Do you have familiarity with any of these countries or places that would interfere with your ability to be fair and impartial in this case and to decide the case based only on the evidence presented in court?

Closings are May 15.

The case is US v. Balouchzehi, 21-cr-658 (Furman)


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