Ivory suspects detained for three days by Mombasa court

Thetwo suspects at the Mombasa law courts on Monday PHOTO EMMANUEL MCHONJI

Mombasa,KENYA:A Mombasa court on Tuesday ordered two wildlife trophy possession suspects arrested over the weekend to be detained for three more days to allow for further investigations into the matter.

In an urgent application filed by Senior prosecution counsel Japheth Isaboke, the prosecutor argued that more time was needed to investigate as the date and time of arrest was not sufficient to complete and sufficient to complete investigations.

The two suspects  Abdikheir Garaba Ibrahim and Abdullahi Yusuf Adan had been arrested at the Buxton roundabout in alleged possession of 8 cut pieces of elephant tusks weighing 37 kilograms and with a street value of sh 3.7 million.

A hacksaw is also alleged to have been found in the suspect’s motor vehicle.

The prosecution which had requested the court to allow the suspects detained for a further 21 days, argued that the suspects’ identity cards were suspicious hence their identity cards needed to be investigated.

The prosecution further argued that Abdikheir Garaba had a similar case in Narok in 2016.

Senior principal Magistrate Julius Nang’ea ordered the two suspects detained at Central and Makupa police stations for three more days to allow for further investigations.