Ivory Hearing for July 30

LAWYERS representing alleged ivory kingpin, his two sons and three others on Tuesday presented evidence saying their clients are genuine businessmen.

The six were accused of dealing in wildlife trophies, breaching customs laws and being part of a smuggling cartel.

In an affidavit served to the Director of Public Prosecution office, defence lawyer Gikandi Ngibuini explained his clients’ sources of income.

He told the court his client Abdulrahman Sheikh and his sons are directors of a company called Funzi Island which deals in a variety of businesses.

The DPP had been granted interim orders by Justice Martin Muya to freeze the accused assets.

The state claimed it only intends to protect properties subject to confiscation should they be determined to be proceeds of crime as they suspect.

The affidavit included documents showing his clients’ company was contracted twice by the Kenya Ports Authority for projects worth Sh13

and Sh11 million.

With the application, the defence asked the court to lift the orders to restrain his clients from accessing their accounts and property.

However, state counsel Jami Yemina and Daniel Wamotsa objected the defence request asking them to make a formal application to the court in that regard.

The DPP sought for an extension of the freeze orders as they seek to make a replying affidavit to the defence counsel.

Justice Muya ordered the state counsel to file a reply by July 29 pending hearing on the matter on July 30.

He also granted the extension of the interim freeze orders pending hearing.