MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan court has released Feisal Mohammed Ali,
a businessman accused of illegal trafficking in ivory and other
game trophies, on 110,000 U. S. dollar bond.
Senior Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku granted Ali the bond
on medical ground to enable him to access medication, saying the
government had failed to offer the accused specialized treatment
that he requires while in custody.
"Guarded by the medical reports presented before the
court, the court is convinced the accused is a sick man who
requires specialized treatment.
"I hereby release the accused on bond," Kituku ruled.
Ali is accused of being the mastermind behind slaughter of
thousands of elephants in the East African nation where poaching
is rampant that has led to decline in the number of wildlife.
His arrest came after Interpol issued a red notice
alert—similar to an international arrest warrant—on Oct. 15,
2014, seeking arrest of the 47-year-old for alleged engaging in
wildlife trophies trade in the country.
The warrant was issued in connection with the seizure of
228 tusks and 74 ivory pieces weighing well over two tonnes
at a motor vehicle warehouse in Mombasa.
After the seizure, two men were arrested, but Ali, who is
believed to be the ringleader, escaped arrest.
While making his ruling, Kituku said Ali has constitutional
right under bill of right to access medication pending hearing
and determination of his case.
The court ordered Ali to deposit his travel documents at the
criminal investigation offices in Mombasa where he will be
reporting every Thursday.