Akasha sons seek lower bond terms after high court ordered sh 30...

Akasha sons seek lower bond terms after high court ordered sh 30 m bond

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

Mombasa, KENYA: The sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha on Thursday filed an affidavit in Mombasa High court seeking bond terms granted to them lowered.

High court had ordered the suspects released on a bond of sh 30 million each.

Justice Martin Muya also ordered that suspects to report to police station thrice a week.

In his ruling, the judge further ordered police to detain identification cards and passports of the suspects until case is heard and determined.

They are also not allowed to move outside Mombasa.

The bail terms came days after Mombasa magistrate court released them on a bond of sh 5 million each.

During the hearing of the application, defense lawyers urged court to lower the bond since their clients were cooperating with the orders given.

Lawyers to the applicants wanted court to reinstate orders made by magistrate court and allow suspects report to police station only once in a week.

Professor George Wajackoyah said his client Gulam Hussein is a Pakistan citizen and his family is in Mombasa.

Wajackoyah also said Gulam had a lot of medical problems since he was arrested and even his leg were amputated.

“If his heart is opened by an expert it is not of a human being.He has gone through many surgeries and that is why I said he is a dead man walking,” he added.

He said the religion of the suspect has been compromised since he is required every Friday to report to police station.

Assistant Director of prosecution Alexander Muteti opposed application and asked court to dismiss it.

Muteti said court was not in a position to cancel orders made by high court and asked applicants to file an affidavit to have bond terms reversed in the court of appeal.

“We welcome them in court of appeal if they wish and not in this court,” Muteti said.

Lady justice Dorah Chepkwony has set 25th November 2016 as the date for ruling.

Muteti claimed defense had been delaying extradition proceedings against the suspects.

The suspects are Baktash Akasha Abdalla, Ibrahim Akasha, Gulam Hussein and Vijarigi Goswami.

They are wanted in US to answer drug related cases.

In 2014, Baktash and Abdalla Akasha were among four suspects arrested in Nyali over their alleged involvement in the trafficking of 98 packets of heroine  in a house in Nairobi.

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