Younger Akasha had a penchant for guns and violence
SEE ALSO :It's 25 years in jail for Baktash AkashaFor him, Valentine’s Day had just begun. And from then on, he went on an all-out photo session on his social media accounts, displaying copious amounts of wealth. Yesterday, all this showboating seemed like distant memories for him as he faced the judges for sentencing at a New York court. In August, his brother Baktash was handed a 25-year jail sentence. And as Ibrahim walked away in his orange, state-issued jump suit, at least three Kenyan judges, prosecutors and former and current law enforcement officers in the eyes of the American justice system found themselves one step closer to their date with destiny. With the Akasha brothers were successfully sentenced, multinational law enforcement officers have now trained their sights on those Kenyan officers who for years aided and abated the crimes conducted by the Akasha brothers and their associates. In his defence, Ibrahim argues that he got into crime because of his upbringing and being surrounded by brothers already indoctrinated into the dangerous drug underworld and a father who spared nothing to control the lucrative East African drug trade route. “He was faced with the implications of stress, trauma, abuse and loss at the earliest of ages and, due to the familial and shared context of his environment, resorted to substance use to manage the pain and distress associated with his experiences,” reads part of his defence. “His participation in crime was a result of familial fear, intimidation and manipulation.”
SEE ALSO :Ibrahim Akasha to be sentenced in US“They paid bribes to Kenyan law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and at least three judges, and their scheme was successful for years,” the memorandum says. “The defendant and his co-defendants were able to obtain repeated adjournments of court dates in the hopes that it would weaken the US Government’s case due to a loss of witnesses and evidence.” Their dalliance with officialdom did not end with bribery. Ibrahim, in a secret recording by the US Drugs Enforcement Agency, also claims to have on several occasions stolen Ephedrine from government facilities. In the conversation, Ibrahim boasts of making trips to a Nairobi government facility, bribing everybody and walking away with thousands of kilos of the narcotic. “I owned a van and used to drive it there at night. I could pay the people Sh45,000 or Sh50,000 to load the van fully and drive out with 1,000 kilos,” Ibrahim is heard bragging to a DEA informant. Court proceedings paint a picture of two different Ibrahims. The first, the violent enforcer of his brother’s rule. The man who would not bat an eyelid as he pistol-whipped his rivals into submission. The man who drove around Mombasa with car loads of weapons and drugs and dollar bills to dish around to the country’s top judges and policemen who in exchange gave him free reign in Mombasa and beyond. Then there is the other Ibrahim. One who after being cornered by law enforcement blamed those around him for turning him into a monster. “Ibrahim’s history and characteristics are not of a man who was some bigshot drug trafficker. His childhood was riddled with abuse and humiliation. He grew into a man with very little backbone because Kenya culture did not permit him to disrespect elders,” his defence submissions read. After all his pleadings, the second arm of the multinational Akasha drug empire had his fate sealed. With no corrupt judges to give him an easy way out, Ibrahim finds himself trapped in a puzzle he helped create, but unfortunately forgot how to solve.
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