MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
The U.S. on Tuesday requested Kenya
to extradite two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha and two
foreigners to stand trial in Washington over international drug
Kenya’s State Counsel Alexander Muteti
said the four, Baktash Akasha, Ibrahim Akasha, Hussein Shabakash,
and Vijay Goswami, are wanted in America for alleged drug
"We have been served with notices through the ministry of
foreign affairs and the Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP), wanting the country to enforce the
arrest of four individuals to stand trial in America,"
Muteti told a Mombasa court on Tuesday.
Muteti told the court that the DPP’S office received the
notice on Monday that requested Kenya to co-operate by
executing a provisional arrest for purpose of extradition.
The State Counsel has told the court that the four are
under the Interpol Red notice for allegedly engaging in
Report indicated on Monday that U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration would apply for their extradition to face charges
of conspiracy to traffic narcotic drugs.
The anti-narcotics police unit in Mombasa said they arrested
the four together with 98 packets of heroin over the weekend,
and five packets were released to the U.S. government for
This is the first high-level arrest of drug barons at the
coast, three months after President Uhuru Kenyatta
supervised the destruction of a ship laden with heroin worth
111,200 U.S. dollars.
Kenya recently signed a bilateral agreement with some
Western nations that among others allows the countries to
cooperate on sharing intelligence on drug tracking crime.
Muteti said the Kenya government is signatory of
international treaty on drug enforcement hence to comply in
arrest and their extradition of the four suspects.
Kenya is now expected to process the extradition request
within the next 21 days and the four are wanted in the U.S.
courts where they are facing charges of conspiring to import
Gowsami, an Indian, is also faced with another count of
importing methamphetamine violating the United States laws.
The fact in the charge also emphasizes that the Akashas -
whose father Ibrahim Akasha, Kenya’s suspected drug baron, was
killed by drug mafias in 2000 - as the leaders of organized
crimes and drug trafficking networks.
Shabakash is also mentioned to be a transporter of multi-
hundred-kilogram quantities of heroin in the Middle East,
including from Afghanistan and Pakistan region.
The detectives believe the four are among those behind
the haul of heroine worth over 11.2 million dollars seized
in July in the Kenyan high seas.
The UN has identified East African nations as a drug
transport hub for drugs going to Europe from Asia and the
Middle East. Hardly a month passes without an arrest of drug
traffickers at the main airport.
Traffickers have increasingly become smatter because of
improved surveillance at the airports and have now resorted to
using roads to reach their intended destinations.
Mozambique 'drug baron'
Momade Bachir Suleiman allegedly kidnapped
MAPUTO (Xinhua) --
One of Mozambique’s richest men, Momade Bachir
Suleiman, was kidnapped on Wednesday in Maputo in the premises
of the Maputo Shopping Center, one of the largest business
centers in the country’s capital city.
Suleiman, whom the U.S. government accused in 2010 of being a
'drug baron', was kidnapped soon after arriving in the shopping
center by three unidentified armed individuals, armed with two
AK- 47 assault rifles, and he had no personal protection when
the incident occurred, according to the police.
The police have so far released no further information
about the kidnapping.
His family has not issued any statement over the
Despite lengthy prison sentences imposed on kidnappers by
Mozambican courts over the past, kidnap gangs are continuing to
strike in Maputo.
It is the third kidnapping incident happened in the southern
African country’s capital city since the past month.
In 2007, Suleiman inaugurated the Maputo Shopping Center
in downtown Maputo, which consolidated his position as one
of the strongest businessmen in Mozambique.
But his empire got shaken in 2010 when accused as
responsible for drug trafficking and money laundry through
his companies, though he refused all the allegations.
U.S. President Barack Obama named Suleiman as a drug
trafficker in 2010, under the Kingpin Act of 1999, which makes
it possible for the U.S. government to impose financial and
economic sanctions against foreign drug traffickers.
Mombasa and U.S. security agents arrest 'four top drug suspects'