MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan court on Monday released four
key suspected drug traffickers on 55,600 U.S. dollar bail each
and two sureties of similar amount.
Mombasa Court Chief
Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru granted bail to two sons of slain
drug baron Ibrahim Akasha and two other suspects who are facing
extradition to the U.S. over alleged drug trafficking.
Gicheru, however, ordered the four drug trafficking suspects
to surrender their passports as well as declare their occupation
and stop travelling outside the country without knowledge of the
The ruling to determine their extradition will be issued on
The formal extradition process has already commenced for
the four who are wanted in Washington over an international
drug cartel after a warrant of arrest was issued against
them by a U.S. court over narcotics importation conspiracy
The two Akashas were among four men arrested on Nov. 9
after months of investigations by Kenyan police and
America’s Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
The two other suspects are Indian Vijaygiri Anandgiri
Goswami and Pakistani Kulam Hussein Shabakash.
In the U.S., the four are to face trial on allegations of
being part of an international drug trafficking ring.
The UN has identified East African nation as a drug transport
hub for drugs going to Europe from Asia and Middle East. Hardly
a week passes without an arrest of drug traffickers at the main
Traffickers have increasingly become smatter because of
improved surveillance at the airports and have now resorted
to using roads to reach their intended destinations.
The tragedy for Kenya has been the fact that some of the
drugs have filtered into the country with cocaine and heroin
being blamed for the drug use epidemic that is currently being
contained in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa.
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