MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
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
Gicheru said the documents produced in court by the U.S.
government have their photos and the photos of the drugs they
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
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.