Legal Intern assisted authorities providing email evidence

A Yahoo UK Ltd legal intern has told a trial that she assisted with providing authorities with evidence of emails sent to and from two email addresses, one of which the State alleges is the accused.

Sunny Idah (36) is alleged to have arranged for two undercover gardai posing as drug mules to travel to Brazil, swallow cocaine pellets and bring them back to Ireland.

Mr Idah, with an address at Gerard House, Brown Street, London has pleaded not (NOT) guilty to two charges of soliciting another person to unlawfully import cocaine between September 14 and 19, 2010.

Ms Laura Zakula said she accessed customer records in January this year following a request for assistance relating to Yahoo UK submitted by Irish authorities.

She told prosecuting counsel Mr Colm O’Briain BL, she conducted a search criteria on the Yahoo system on all emails sent to an email address nnaioboil2@yahoo.ie from an address edenderry2010@gmail.com between the dates August 13, 2010 and September 20, 2010.

“Yahoo discloses data generated by the computer system and it is downloaded to a disc without being viewed by human agencies,” Ms Zakula told prosecuting counsel.

She said when an email user deletes emails to the thrash and deletes it from the thrash, the email is erased and irretrievable.

She disagreed with defense counsel John Byrne BL that given her lack of technical qualifications she cannot be sure it was a comprehensive search of the data base as she generated the search criteria for the correct date ranges and “these were true and accurate.”

During the trial the jury heard a Swiss operative had assumed the identity of a known Lithuanian drug dealer and created an email address edenderry2010@gmail.com

He said he first received an email from an address nnaiboi12@yahoo.ie from a man who referred to himself as Teemor or Mr T and which the State alleges is the accused.

The Swiss agent told counsel in Geneva that the reason for the emails was to find out when Mr T wanted to send the couriers to Brazil.

He explained that “his boys” were undercover gardai who were playing the roles of drug mules and agreed that the investigation had been “a joint operation” between Swiss and Irish police.

The trial will reach its closing stages tomorrow/today (Friday) when both prosecuting and defense counsel will give their closing speeches.

The jury is expected to commence deliberations on Monday after Judge Desmond Hogan gives his charge.

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