The largest Environment Agency (EA) investigation into illegal electrical waste exports will be heard at Crown Court, as 11 defendants were committed at a hearing at Havering Magistrates Court.
Eleven out of 15 defendants face charges related to shipping prohibited waste under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 and European Waste Shipment Regulations 2006.
Those who will be heard at Basildon Crown Court on 11 March are: Joseph Benson and BJ Electronics; Terence Dugbo, Nnamdi Ezechukwu and Reliance Export; Godwin Ezeemo and Orient Export; Prince Ibeh; Stuart McGuigan; Emmanuel Makete; and Adrian Thompson.
EA national environmental crime team manager Andy Higham said: “By committing this case to the Crown Court, the district judge took the same view as we do, that this is a serious and complex case that needs to be heard before a judge and jury.”
Three other defendants have contested evidence against them. Thorn International UK, Michael Sirpal Singh and Chika Ezeemo will return to Havering Magistrates on 23 February. Another defendant, Krassimir Vengelov, has instructed new solicitors and reserved his plea, so he will also reappear at Havering Magistrates on 23 February.