Suspected drug baron deported from Madagascar charged

Ndechumia Bilali Kimali(in cuffs) with anti-narcotic officers at the JKIA after being deported from Madagascar 2 weeks ago PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa,KENYA:A suspected Kenyan drug trafficker linked to the ship MV-BABY IRIS that was blown up by the interior minister Joseph Nkaissery in 2015, at the Indian Ocean was on Tuesday charged in a Mombasa court.

Bilali Kimala Ndechumia arrived in the Country on 10th April after he was deported by authorities in the island nation of Madagascar over drug trafficking allegations.

Mr. Kimala was charged with two counts of trafficking narcotic drugs contrary to the section 4 (a) of the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances control act number 4 of 1994.

The court heard that on the 9th April, 2015 at  the Kilifi boat yard in Mnarani area in Kilifi County, Kimala and others charged in court were allegedly caught in possession of  2028 grams with a market value of sh.6,084,000  conveying it in a motor vehicle registration number KCA 693H Toyota ,concealed in the false bottom and top a suitcase in the contravention of the act.

The accused person is also alleged that on the 20th April,2015 at Kilindini port in Mombasa County jointly with others charged in court attempted to  traffic heroin weighing 7600 grams with a market value of sh. 22,800,000 under the water tank of the now blown up MV BABY IRIS vessel.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges before Mombasa principal magistrate Henry Nyakweba.

The prosecution had opposed release of the accused person on a bond.

‘The accused person to be detained at port police station until Wednesday the 19th of April 2017 when the parties will argue on the bond’ said Nyakweba.