Akasha’s sons ex­tra­di­tion case to con­tinue — court

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

Slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha’s sons yes­ter­day sus­tained a blow af­ter their ap­pli­ca­tion to stop ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings was re­jected by a Mom­basa court.

Chief mag­is­trate Julius Nang’ea said the court has ju­ris­dic­tion to hear and de­ter­mine the case. This is the third time the court is re­ject­ing the Akashas’ ap­pli­ca­tion to have the ex­tra­di­tion stopped on is­sues of ju­ris­dic­tion. The pro­ceed­ings have stalled in court for two years with­out any wit­ness tes­ti­fy­ing.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion made by the four sus­pected drug traf­fick­ers has been dis­missed, and l hereby or­der that the mat­ter be heard and de­ter­mined in the Kenyan courts in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion,” Nang’ea said.

She said the case will go to full hear­ing be­fore the sus­pects are handed over to the US. Nang’ea warned the sus­pects against skip­ping court, say­ing she will can­cel their bonds if they do so. Bak­tash Akasha, Ibrahim Akasha, con­victed In­dian felon Vi­jay­giri Goswami and Pak­istani Gu­lam Hus­sein were ar­rested at the Akashas’ Nyali home on Novem­ber 10, 2014, fol­low­ing an ar­rest war­rant is­sued by a New York judge.

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