In Summary
  • The suspects, who also include a prominent city lawyer, were named during court proceedings in the US by former Mombasa-based drug lords Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha
  • The Akasha brothers are accused of using extreme violence, murder and bribery to protect their turf.

  • The extraditions could be made as early as next month once American and Kenyan investigators tie up the loose ends

A former senior official in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, a number of judges and several government officials are facing extradition to the United States on drugs-related charges.

Sources said Wednesday the US government has already made the Kenyan government aware of its intention to charge the suspects in US courts, which means Nairobi could in the coming days hand over the suspects to American security officials.

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The suspects, who also include a prominent city lawyer, were named during court proceedings in the US by former Mombasa-based drug lords Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha, who also confessed to bribing officials in Kenya, Tanzania and other countries to ensure their drugs moved across borders without scrutiny.

A senior government official, whom the Nation is not naming because of the sensitivity of the matter, said “the lawyer ferried bribes to several individuals in the criminal justice system to ensure the Akasha brothers never set foot in an American court over drug trafficking charges”.

The Akasha brothers are accused of using extreme violence, murder and bribery to protect their turf.

They are said to have planned the murder of a South African gangster, only identified as Pinky, just to show how far they were willing to go to become the biggest drug peddlers in these parts of the world.

The extraditions could be made as early as next month once American and Kenyan investigators tie up the loose ends on evidence based on the contents of the plea bargain between the Akasha brothers and the US justice system.

Baktash will be sentenced Friday by the Southern District of New York Court and Ibrahim on November 8 after they confessed to the charges against them.

The arrests of senior Kenyan officials could, however, be made sooner than initially planned due to the renewed war on drug trafficking on the country’s Coast that was prompted by last week’s attacks in Bamburi, Mombasa.

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