In Summary
  • Already, politician Stanley Livondo is named in court documents as an associate of a South African described in court papers as a drug dealer.
  • US prosecutors said that the Akasha brothers could receive sentences of life imprisonment following their plea of guilty on charges of conspiring to smuggle narcotics into the US.
  • Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha could also be given 20-year sentences in a US prison for obstructing justice.
  • Ibrahim Akasha is said to have threatened Mr Livondo with a pistol during this public altercation in the mall.

NEW YORK,

Kenyan judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from the Ibrahim Akasha crime family to frustrate their extradition to the United States to face drug charges, are at risk of indictment and prosecution on American soil.

Top officials in Kenyan legal circles are also hoping that the Americans have cracked the drug dealers and that they will provide information on their associates in politics and government.

Already, politician Stanley Livondo is named in court documents as an associate of a South African described in court papers as a drug dealer.

US prosecutors said on Thursday that the brothers could receive sentences of life imprisonment following their plea of guilty on charges of conspiring to smuggle narcotics into the United States.

20-YEAR SENTENCES

Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha could also be given 20-year sentences in a US prison for obstructing justice. That crime involved bribes they paid to Kenyan officials in an attempt to avoid extradition to the US.

The brothers are scheduled to be sentenced by presiding Judge Victor Marrero on February 1, 2019. The judge has the authority to impose whatever sentences he sees fit.

In announcing the success of the US government’s case, the chief federal prosecutor in New York, Geoffrey Berman, described Baktash and Ibrahim as, respectively, the leader and deputy of a highly lucrative international drug ring.

“Not only did they manufacture and distribute narcotics for over two decades, they kidnapped, beat, and murdered others who posed a threat to their enterprise,” Mr Berman said.

LEGAL INTERFERENCE

“When the brothers encountered legal interference, they bribed Kenyan officials — including judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers — in an effort to avoid facing the charges against them in the United States.”

Prosecutors also elaborated on allegations they had earlier made linking the Akashas to violence, including murder, carried out against rival drug smugglers.

The Akashas are now said to have engaged in a confrontation in a Mombasa shopping mall in 2014 with Mr Livondo, who is described as an associate of David Armstrong, a South African drug trafficker.

Ibrahim Akasha is said to have threatened Mr Livondo with a pistol during this public altercation in the mall.

The brothers also “helped orchestrate” the murder of another Armstrong associate, a man identified only as “Pinky,” US prosecutors added.

SHOT 32 TIMES

This individual was shot 32 times in the street in South Africa, according to the accounting presented yesterday.

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