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A Mombasa court has sentenced seven foreigners to life imprisonment for trafficking heroin valued at Sh1.3 billion in July 2014.
Mombasa Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku also fined the six Pakistanis and one Iranian Sh3,966,366,000, which is three times the value of the drug, or serve one year in jail in default.
In her decision, the magistrate said she considered the greatest impact of heroin in the country, adding that the drug consignment intercepted by authorities would have a devastating effect on the youth.
The court further considered the quantity and value of the heroin and the transnational nature of the crime while passing the life sentence against the accused.
The foreigners are Mohamed Saleh, Yakoob Ibrahim, Saleem Muhammad, Bhatti Abdulghafour, Baksh Moula, and Pak Abdolghaffer.
The convicts trafficked 377.2kgs of heroin worth Sh1.3 billion and 33,200 liters of heroin valued at Sh189 million.
The court heard that the accused persons deliberately engaged in criminal conduct, endangering the country's future generations.
Magistrate Mutuku determined that the evidence and exhibits provided placed the foreigners at the center of the crime and found that the drugs were carefully concealed inside their ship, which took detectives days to discover.
She noted that the demolition of MV Amin Darya was irrelevant to the trial because it occurred after adequate documentation of the crime scene, drug seizure, and testing collecting and preserving the evidence was done according to the law.
The seven foreigners were crew members of the vessel.
Right on point. This crime punishment is death by the sword in sharia law. Unfortunately all will be out of prison before we know it. All they need is less than a million each and they will be free to continue with their business.
Comrade Kora Kanini, each time I read about crime,and punishment in Kenya,I am reminded of a shocking article I read awhile ago in Daily Nation.The piece was very detailed,and it listed how much one would pay/corrupt the judicial system and get away without punishment.So you are right.Iam sure these drug dealers have more than a million each...
Congratulations Kenyan judiciary! You have come a long way, let me hope you don't ever look back. Let justice be our shield and defender as it always should have been all along since Ndemi and Mathathi.
Utawala wa Saddam Hussein huko Iraq ulikuwa mkali sana hasa kwa upande wa utumiaji wa madawa ya kulevya: mwuuzaji na mtumiani wa madawa haya, wote wawili waliposhikwa, walipoteza maisha yao.
Mwuuzaji wa madawa haya ni mtu mbaya. Mtumiaji naye pia,ni mtu mbaya. Ni mapenzi yangu mtumiaji apate adhabu kali sana kuliko mwuuzaji.
Mfano mwingine katika maisha ya binadamu ni mambo ya uuzaji uchi wa mwanamke. Tukitaka kuukomesha uhalifu huu, tuwashike wanaume wote wanaotafuta mapenzi kwa kwenda kwa wanawake-waujazi wa uchi wao.
Interesting that these drug traffikers are wearing their Islamic cap to appear pious,as if to mask their evil actions.
I believe that Muslims is Kenya are allowed to practice Qudi(Khaddi)laws which align with sharia laws.So according to Sharia law what is the punishment for drug trafficking? Let's apply the harsher of the two.I would hope that their arms,and legs are cutoff.