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High Court clears way for accused British drug trafficker’s release on bond

The DPP had challenged the bond terms issued by a magistrate's court in Kibera Monday, arguing that the charges facing Marrian and Roy Mwanthi attract hefty sentences. Mwanthi was granted a Sh60 million bond with two Kenyan sureties/FILE

The DPP had challenged the bond terms issued by a magistrate’s court in Kibera Monday, arguing that the charges facing Marrian and Roy Mwanthi attract hefty sentences. Mwanthi was granted a Sh60 million bond with two Kenyan sureties/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 12 – The High Court on Friday declined to deny release on bond the Kenyan-raised son of a British aristocrat who has been charged with trafficking 100 kilos of cocaine, disguised as sugar, through the Kilindini Port in Mombasa.

High Court judge Luka Kimaru dismissed an application made by the state challenging a lower court’s release orders.

He said the application made on the grounds that the British businessman Jack Marrian could turn fugitive, lacked merit.

The Chief Magistrate’s court on Monday granted Marrian’s application for release on bond, Sh70 million, after finding that state had failed to make a case for his continued detention.

READ: Briton in cocaine case freed on Sh70mn bond

A Kenyan, Roy Mwanthi, charged with the same offence will also be freed on bond following Kimaru’s ruling; his bond having been set at Sh60 million.

The authorities say the cocaine loaded containers which were intercepted at the port in transit to Uganda are linked to the two.

According to port documents, the 18 containers were loaded on the vessel MSC Posetano at Santos Port in Brazil on June 20.

Each container was loaded with 520 bags of sugar.

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