Akasha son to be sentenced today
SEE ALSO :It's 25 years in jail for Baktash AkashaThe counts carry a minimum sentence of 10 years, and a maximum sentence of life in prison. They also pleaded guilty to bribing Kenyan State officials in their fight against extradition, as well as conspiracy to use guns to facilitate their drug trafficking business. Kenya’s anti-narcotics unit Chief Amisi Massa was present as they took the plea. The two, together with Pakistani national Gulam Hussein and Indian national Vijaygiri Goswami, were extradited in January 2017 to the US following their arrest in Mombasa. US prosecutors had also charged them with conspiring to smuggle 98 kilogrammes of heroin into the US from Kenya.
SEE ALSO :Akasha Lawyer- Goswami sold us outAt first Baktash, was to be sentenced in February this year. The sentencing was rescheduled to March 15, before it was moved again to today. Kenya had been working with the US and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collecting evidence that linked the brothers to the trafficking of narcotics to the US. Their extradition was as a result of US authorities' intense probe into the Akasha family drug empire. The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had spent years trying to infiltrate it. The family is alleged to have been involved in drug trade for many years, with the sons taking over after their late father Ibrahim Akasha was killed in cold blood at a street in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Akashas' lawyers tried to fight their extradition but failed.
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