In Summary

  • The former Senior Superintendent of Police attached to the Anti-Narcotics Unit further told the court that the ship’s captain and his deputy were interrogated.
  • Giving evidence in a case in which 12 people have been charged with trafficking in heroin, Ms Muinde said the notice was issued in the presence of an advocate for the suspects and a clearing agent.

A former police officer told a court on Monday that nobody claimed a vessel said to have carried heroin with a market value of Sh1.3 billion.

Ms Ruth Muinde told Mombasa Chief Magistrate Julius Nang’ea that despite giving a seizure notice for the ship, the owner never showed up to claim it.

The vessel was blown up in the high seas in August 2014 under the supervision of President Uhuru Kenyatta as a sign of the government’s tough stance against drug trafficking.

Giving evidence in a case in which 12 people — among them nine foreigners — have been charged with trafficking in heroin, Ms Muinde said the notice was issued in the presence of an advocate for the suspects and a clearing agent.

She cited a report from an official of the Kenya Maritime Authority that said the vessel was not seaworthy.

The former Senior Superintendent of Police attached to the Anti-Narcotics Unit further told the court that the ship’s captain and his deputy were interrogated. Police, however, did not call a number that they were told belonged to the owner of the vessel.

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