Mombasa court allows suspected ivory smuggler access to bank account


Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa high court on Friday allowed businessman Abdulrahman Sheikh and his two sons accused of smuggling ivory to access their bank accounts.

The suspect’s bank accounts and assets were frozen in 2015 after they were charged with ivory smuggling.

Mr. Abdulrahim had filed an application requesting the court to allow him to access his bank accounts in order to pay a bill of Ksh. 4,000,000 for his sick wife admitted at Mombasa hospital.

Court had earlier allowed the suspects to withdraw Ksh.300, 000 as monthly upkeep but said the money was not enough to settle the bill.

In a court ruling, Lady Justice Dorah Chepkwony granted applicant orders allowing him to access his Barclays bank and cooperative bank accounts.

“In a matter where we may lose life court must intervene and orders sort are hereby granted,” said Chepkwony.

Abdulrahman Mahmoud Sheikh, Sheikh Mahmoud Abdulrahman, Mahmoud Abdulrahman Sheikh, Lucy Muthoni Kahoto, Musa Jacob Lithare and Samwel Mboto Mundia are alleged to be part of a cartel that trafficked 511 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 3,127 kilograms to Thailand on diverse dates between March 15 and April 26, 2015 in Mombasa.