Man, two sons arraigned for trafficking ivory, lion teeth
05 June 2015, 09:15
Mombasa - Police in Mombasa have arrested a man and his two sons suspected to have spearheaded the trafficking of ivory to Singapore.
The three, Mohammed Abdur Rahman Sheikh, Abdur Rahman Sheikh and Mohammed Sheikh appeared before chief magistrate Susan Shitubi.
Senior state council, Alexander Muteti informed the court that the three were arrested in Nyali in the ongoing investigation on the 511 pieces of ivory and lion teeth that are alleged to have been transported to Singapore via the Mombasa port.
Muteti said the three are also linked to the exporting of 1273 pieces of elephants tusks and rhino horns to Singapore.
However, Muteti made an application seeking 20 days to conclude the ongoing investigation into the matter.
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“Your honor we seek time to conclude the investigation because they were arrested in the ongoing investigation into the ivory trafficking,” said Muteti.
The defense council, Jerald Magolo objected the application to hold the accused for 20 days saying police are yet to conclude investigations on two other suspects connected to the three who were appearing in court.
He argued that the three had not been charged for any offense and could not be held in police custody.
“Article 49 of the constitution states that the accused person has a right to bail. My respondents are not yet accused; they have a right to be released on bail,” Said Magolo.
He further objected the detention of the third accused, Mohammed Abdur Rahman Sheikh, saying he was in deplorable health condition and was in dire need of urgent medical attention.
Chief magistrate Shitubi directed that the matter be mentioned on June 9 for the ruling.
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