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Mombasa court begins extradition process of four drug barons

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- A Kenyan court on Thursday started the extradition of four drug barons, among them two sons of slain drug lord Ibrahim Akasha.

Mombasa Court has ruled that the extradition of the Four, Ibrahim Akasha Baktash Akasha, Gulam Hussein, Ibrahim Akasha and Vijaygiri Goswami, will proceed.

“The office of Director of Public Prosecution has powers in the country to process their extradition to U.S where they are wanted for international drug trafficking,” Mombasa Chief Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru ruled.

Gicheru said DPP is the right authority to exercise criminal duties and it’s within his powers to do so. The four had challenged the DPP authority to commerce the proceeding.

The application was objected by the four respondents stating that the DPP had no powers to extradite them but only a minister of foreign affairs.

Their lawyer, Cliff Ombeta told the court that they needed time to request for additional documents used in the case from the state.

Gicheru said the documents produced in court by the U.S. government have their photos and the photos of the drugs they were trafficking.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Alexander Muteti informed the court that he would not be calling in witnesses but would be relying on the documents filed in court by the U.S.

The case will be mentioned on May 6, for directions on how to proceed.

Last month, Mombasa court released the four on a 321,000 U.S. dollars surety bond each awaiting extradition to U.S. where they will face charges of drug trafficking.

They will be required to report to the regional criminal investigation office three times a week. The two were also ordered to deposit their travel documents with the police.

Kenya government has declared total war against drug trafficking especially those using the port of Mombasa as transit point for international drug cartel. 

             

 

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