Akasha sons, two accomplices, granted bail over narcotics trafficking charges.

Akasha sons, two accomplices, granted bail over narcotics trafficking charges.

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From left: Baktash Akasha, Vijaygiri Anandgiri, Gulam Hussein and Ibrahim Akasha in a Mombasa court.

The High Court in Mombasa on Monday released two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha Abdallah, and their two accomplices, on a kshs.30 million bond each with two similar sureties, over allegations of transnational drug trafficking.

The office of the director of public prosecutions had appealed against an earlier kshs.5 million bond granted to the suspects in November last year, terming it too little, and asking that the suspects be denied bail for fear they would escape.

Baktash AkashaAbdalla, Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla, Vijaygiri Anandgiri and Gulam Hussein were arrested in a night raid on their residence in Nyali in November, by officers from the Anti-Narcotic Drugs Police Unit and the United States of America security agents.

The United States has requested Kenya to extradite the four to face charges over conspiracy to traffic drugs into the US and Kenya.

Gulam Hussein, also known as the “Old Man”, is described by the court indictment in New York, as a short man with a salt and pepper moustache, and “the head of a transportation network that distributes massive quantities of narcotics throughout the Middle East and Africa”.

Justice Martin Muya ordered the suspects released after fulfilling six conditions, among them to surrender their passports to police, and not to travel outside Mombasa without the court’s permission.

The suspects’ lawyer Cliff Ombeta had opposed their remand in custody, arguing that bail was a constitutional right which anybody charged in court was entitled to.

Hearing of the extradition case starts next week.

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