DPP wants crew in ‘drug ship’ blown up at sea convicted

The MV Al Noor explodes after it was blown up by Kenya Navy on the President’s orders on August 29, 2014. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alexandar Muteti on Tuesday told a Mombasa court that there was sufficient evidence to convict 6 Pakistanis, two Indians, an Iranian and six Kenyans linked to a drug ship blown up at sea witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr. Muteti told the court that the nine suspects were arrested on board the ship that had two names contrary to the international law, that is, Mv Al-Noor and Mv Bushehr Darya.

“It is fact that drugs were found in the ship and we have analyzed evidence which is unchallenged by experts,” said Muteti.

He further said that the ship did not have a Kenyan fag.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges of trafficking narcotic drugs worth Sh.1.3 billion.

The lawyers of the accused persons want the court to free their clients saying DPP did not produce evidence.

Jared Magolo said that president Kenyatta had destroyed the ship in 2014 which was to be used as the evidence.

However,t Mr.Muteti said the ship was destroyed according to the law and up to date nobody has claimed ownership of the ship.

Mr.Muteti further submitted that drugs and certificate were already produced as evidence in court.