A former senior official inside Directorate of Criminal Investigations, several judges in addition to 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 inside coming days hand over the suspects to American security officials.
The suspects, who also include a prominent city lawyer, were named during court proceedings inside US by former Mombasa-based drug lords Baktash in addition to Ibrahim Akasha, who also confessed to bribing officials in Kenya, Tanzania in addition to some other countries to ensure their drugs moved across borders without scrutiny.
A senior government official, whom the Nation is usually not naming because of the sensitivity of the matter, said “the lawyer ferried bribes to several individuals inside 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 in addition to 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 earth.
The extraditions could be made as early as next month once American in addition to Kenyan investigators tie up the loose ends on evidence based on the contents of the plea bargain between the Akasha brothers in addition to the US justice system.
Baktash will be sentenced Friday by the Southern District of brand new York Court in addition to 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 of which was prompted by last week’s attacks in Bamburi, Mombasa.
“This particular matter has been talked about for a long time. I honestly think Kenyans would certainly not want to hear threats in addition to promises via me although results.
“in addition to I promise they will see results,” Inside Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i warned before police swooped in on the coastal town.
However, even as Dr Matiang’i talked tough, the idea was not lost on many of which Kenya has inside past demonstrated general unwillingness to extradite citizens sought by some other countries.
Meanwhile, Kenyan law enforcement agencies are preparing to seek international assistance to have tycoons Humphrey Kariuki in addition to Ali Punjani extradited to Kenya to face charges of tax evasion in addition to drug trafficking, respectively.
By Wednesday morning, detectives in Kenya had traced Mr Kariuki to London in addition to Mr Punjani to India.
Mr Punjani is usually undergoing treatment, according to his lawyers. via London, Mr Kariuki has, through his lawyers Schillings International LLP, denied of which he is usually a director at Africa Spirits Limited, the firm at the centre of tax evasion charges.
“While Janus Continental Group’s Mr Humphrey Kariuki Ndegwa is usually a venture investor in Africa Spirits Limited (ASL), he holds no directorial, executive, managerial or operational responsibility in whatsoever capacity in ASL,” the lawyers wrote in an email to the Nation. “Africa Spirits Limited is usually not, in addition to has never been, part of the Janus Continental Group.”
Janus Continental Group is usually a conglomerate owned by the businessman of which operates, among some other ventures, The Hub in Karen, Dalbit Petroleum in addition to Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club.
On Wednesday, Janus Continental Group said Mr Kariuki had stepped down as chair of the board. “Humphrey Kariuki explained of which This particular will allow him to focus his efforts on challenging the claims inside courts,” said a statement signed by Ms Hellen Akello, the company’s chief human resource Officer.