Mombasa courts sermons US DPP on Akasha sons extradition case

Mombasa courts sermons US DPP on Akasha sons extradition case

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

Mombasa, KENYA: A Mombasa court has sermoned Southern New York Director of Prosecution Micheal Lockard and investigative officer Micheal Kellow for cross examination by the lawyers of two sons of slain suspected drug kingpin Ibrahim Akasha and two others on extradition proceedings against the four.

Mombasa senior Director of public prosecution Alexandar Muteti had confirmed to rely only on affidavits in court and not to call witness on extraditions case.

But the defence has said will make decision on whether to bring witnesses or not when the case will come for a mention on July 13, 2017.

Earlier, susepect’s lawyer Mr.Cliff Ombeta, made an application seeking two officials from US sermoned.

He said their suspects had right for a fair trail and since prosecution was relying to affidavits of the two, it was good to come to court for purpose of cross examination.

Ombeta said the defence wants to know who authorized the recording and filming of evidence intended to be used in prosecuting the suspects.

Mr. Muteti told court that the recorded evidence was set to be used during the trial of the suspects at a US court.

While delivering his ruling, Mombasa Chief Magistrate Julias Nang’ea said the suspects were entitled to a fair hearing and ordered Lockard and Kellow sermoned.

Mr Baktash Akasha Abdalla, Mr Gulam Hussein, Mr Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla and Mr Vijaygiri Anandgiri Goswami are facing extradition proceedings.

The four were arrested by Kenyan and US detectives at the Akasha’s Nyali home on November 10, 2014 on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by a New York court.

Case will be heard on 30th January 2017.