, MOMBASA, Kenya Feb 12 – Four suspected drug barons from South Africa and Seychelles were set for deportation on Sunday, weeks after the Akasha brothers and two others were sent to the United States to stand trial.
Police officers involved in the case have told Capital News beat that the four who were arrested in Mombasa are already at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport awaiting deportation.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had earlier told Capital FM News that the four were linked to local drug trafficking networks. “Four alien drug barons have been arrested in Mombasa and they are part of local cartels,” the IG on Saturday when they were arrested, but he was not immediately available to comment on the deportations Sunday.
Multiagency detectives apprehended the four suspects at an apartment in Nyali on Saturday.
The four were identified yesterday as Dominguez and Nedy Micock both from Seychelles and South Barend Nolte and Marc Faivelewitz from South Africa.
After their arrest, the Police chief said “The noose is now closing on their local networks.”
But their lawyer Cliff Ombeta has faulted the government, saying the arrests are politically motivated, while insisting that the four were in the country to offer security to politicians ahead of the elections.
Ombeta was also representing Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha—the two notorious brothers who were whisked onto a chartered plane two weeks ago alongside Vicky Goswami (Indian) and Hussein Gulam (Pakistani) to the United States to face drug trafficking charges.