, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9 – The Mombasa High Court has set stiffer bond terms for two sons of slain suspected drug baron Ibrahim Akasha.
Baktash Akasha, Ibrahim Akasha and two others who were arrested on drug related charges have had their bond reviewed up from Sh5 million to Sh30 million.
The bond was increased by High Court Judge Martin Muya who said the court should make it harder for the four to abscond following an application by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) challenging their release.
“I therefore warrant strict bond terms of Sh30 million each with two similar sureties to enable the accused to continue complying with the court proceedings pending their extradition,” Muya ordered.
The four were also ordered to report to their investigating officer at least three times a week with the Chief Magistrates court having already directed that their passports be detained.
The office of the DPP challenged their release in the High Court on the grounds that they are a flight risk and successfully obtained a stay of the release order pending an inter-parties hearing of their application that the accused remain in custody throughout the extradition process.
Chief Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru had in December ordered their release on medical grounds and on Sh5 million bond each after their lawyer Cliff Ombeta told the court the four were suffering from life-threatening ailments that required constant monitoring.
The four are facing extradition to the United States where they have been accused of conspiring with an international drug cartel to import narcotics.
Their extradition proceedings continue on February 16.