In Summary
  • Judge Marrero then set December 6 as Ibrahim’s new sentencing date but instructed the attorneys to tell him if they prove able to proceed sooner.

  • Dawn Cardi, Ibrahim’s defence attorney, said in an interview following Friday’s court session that her client may have to plead a second time before a sentence can be handed down.

  • Ibrahim would again plead guilty under those circumstances, Ms Cardi said.

A US judge Friday postponed the scheduled sentencing of confessed international drug trafficker Ibrahim Akasha.

The 30-year-old Kenyan citizen may now have to wait until December 6 to learn how much prison time he will serve. Ibrahim has been held for nearly three years in New York detention centres.

Time already served will be deducted from whatever sentence presiding Judge Victor Marrero eventually imposes on Ibrahim.

Federal guidelines set a minimum term of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment for the felonies to which Ibrahim and his older brother, Baktash, pleaded guilty a year ago.

Judge Marrero sentenced Baktash to a 25-year term in August.

The judge said at the outset of a 10-minute court session yesterday that the charges read out by US Magistrate Judge Katharine Parker at the Akasha brothers’ October 25, 2018 guilty pleading “may not accurately reflect” the actual charges filed by federal prosecutors.

He added that he is uncertain of the implications of the apparent discrepancy. He asked defence and prosecuting attorneys to consider whether a postponement of Ibrahim’s sentencing would be in order.

The opposing lawyers agreed after a brief conference that they wanted time to examine the matter.

Judge Marrero then set December 6 as Ibrahim’s new sentencing date but instructed the attorneys to tell him if they prove able to proceed sooner.

Dawn Cardi, Ibrahim’s defence attorney, said in an interview following Friday’s court session that her client may have to plead a second time before a sentence can be handed down. Ibrahim would again plead guilty under those circumstances, Ms Cardi said.

She added that she did not know whether Baktash Akasha may also have to plead a second time if it is found that a discrepancy in charges did in fact occur.

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