MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan court on Monday released four key
suspected drug traffickers on 330,000 U.S. dollars bail each and
two sureties of similar amount.
Mombasa High Court
judge Justice Martin Muya 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.
Muya upheld a decision made by his fellow judge Maureen Odero
after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) asked for the
review of the four being released on bond.
While making his ruling, Muya said the 55,000 dollar
bonds granted by the trial magistrate was not strict enough
to hold the suspects from absconding court.
"I therefore warrant strict bond terms of 330,000 dollars
each with two similar sureties.
"To enable the accused to continue complying with the
court proceeding pending their extradition process," Muya
He also said Bakhtash Akasha Abdalla, Vijaygiri Anandgiri,
Gulam Hussein and Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla should report to
the investigating officers three days a week.
Justice Muya further directed that the respondents must
comply with the conditions given by the trial magistrate’s court
of depositing their passports.
On Dec. 1, 2014, Mombasa Chief Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru
released the four on a two surety bond of 55,000 dollars each,
which was later canceled on that same day after the prosecutor
obtained stay orders.
On his application, State Counsel Alexander Muteti told
the court that the DPP’S office received the notice that
requested Kenya to co-operate by executing a provisional
arrest for purpose of extradition.
Muteti told the court that the four are under the
Interpol red notice for allegedly engaging in narcotic
trade. Muteti told the court that there were compelling
reasons to deny the four bond.
He said the Kenya government is signatory of
international treaty on drug enforcement hence to comply in
arrest and their extradition of the four suspects.
However Akashas lawyers led by Cliff Ombeta and Wandugu
Karathe argued that the extradition proceedings was bailable.
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 charges.
The two Akashas were among four men arrested on Nov. 9,
2014 after months of investigations by Kenyan police and
America’s Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
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. And
traffickers have increasingly become smatter because of improved
surveillance at the airports and have now resorted to using
roads to reach their intended destinations.
police seize 40 kgs of heroin and arrest two foreigners