MOMBASA, Kenya, Dec 24 – Five more police officers among them Mombasa DCIO Ndumba Thangarani have been summoned before court for supervising the tampering of evidence in a case involving ivory kingpin Feisal Ali Mohammed.
The officers are accused of raiding Fuji Motors in Tudor where 314 pieces of ivory was seized and two suspects Abdul Omar and Ghalib Kara arrested on June last year.
Mombasa Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku has ordered the five officers to explain why they broke into the premises and removed nine motor vehicles, ignoring a court order.
In his ruling Kituku also ordered the vehicles to impounded immediately.
Makupa OCS David Muli who supervised the exercise appeared before the court on Wednesday where he defended the raid saying he was not aware of any court orders.
The court has ordered Muli to produce Occurrence Book from Makupa Police Station dating December 20 that indicates the details of the operation and items recovered.
The officers are expected in court on December 30 for the court to rule if they will stand trial for the offense that attracts 15 years imprisonment if found guilty under the new security law.
State Counsel Alexander Muteti had told the court that officers including the investigation officer Ndumba played a role in interfering with the exhibits despite court order restricting access to the premises .
“We are investigating the disappearance of the crucial exhibits and the officers have been summoned by Deputy Registrar of the High Court to explain the operation,” said Muteti.
Interpol on Tuesday announced the arrest of Kenyan businessman Feisal Ali Mohammed in Tanzania over international ivory trafficking.
Head of Interpol in Nairobi Vitalis Okumu confirmed his arrest saying his officers nabbed Mohamed in a house in Dar es Salaam on Monday night.
Mombasa Senior Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku on Tuesday issued provisional warrant of arrest against Feisal for purpose of processing his extradition.
State Counsel Alexander Muteti said Feisal is currently being held at Musimbazi Police Station in Dar es Salaam.
According to detectives Mohammed is the leader of an international poaching syndicate in East Africa.