Akasha wants to visit Nairobi for medical care

By: MKAMBURI MWAWASI

Son of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha has requested his bond terms be relaxed so he can seek medical treatment out of Mombasa.

Baktash Akasha’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta told the court yesterday he had been referred to a hospital in Nairobi to undergo surgery.

Bond terms prohibit his leaving Mombasa.

“My client had sought treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa and the doctor advised him to visit the Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi for further treatment,” Ombeta said.

On December 1 last year, chief magistrate Maxwell Gicheru granted Sh5 million bail to Baktash, Ibrahim Akasha, Vijay Goswami and Hussein Shabakash to enable them seek medical attention.

Gicheru said they were suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.

The court prohibited the four suspects from travelling outside the country, and ordered them to report to court every Friday until the case is closed.

He had also directed them not to leave the county without the court’s permission.

The process of extradition to the US has began. They are wanted in connection with an international drugs cartel.

An arrest warrant was issued against them by a US court over charges of a conspiracy to import narcotics.

The accused had stayed in custody for four months before they were granted bail.

The bond had been cancelled by the DPP but it was restored by judge Martin Muya. It was set at Sh30 million.

Muya directed them to comply with the conditions given by the trial magistrate’s court of depositing their passports.

Chief magistrate Julius Nang’ea directed Baktash to be examined by a government specialist next Tuesday at the Coast Provincial General Hospital. A report will be tabled in court.

The case will be mentioned on November 23.