Ivory haul suspects ‘could be extradited’
Six Kenyans charged with dealing in 511 pieces of ivory valued at Sh576 million without a license maybe extradited to face trial in Singapore and Thailand.
Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti told a Mombasa court on Friday that Kenya has written to investigative arms in the two countries seeking help in gathering more credible evidences in the case.
However, Mr Muteti said the two countries, which are yet to reply to Kenya’s request, may as well ask for extradition of the suspects to stand trial in their jurisdictions.
The suspects include Abdulrahman Mahmoud, Sheikh Mahmoud, Mahmoud Abdulrahman, Ms Lucy Kahoto, Musa Jacob Lithare and Samuel Mbote.
“We don’t know what these countries will tell us in response to our request. We may be asked for extradition of the suspects before this court and therefore we cannot say hundred percent this case is ours,” said Mr Muteti while opposing the release of the suspects on bond.
But defence lawyers accused the prosecution of giving lame excuses to condemn their clients without fair trial and have them continue to languish in custody. The court will rule on bond application on July 9, 2015.