The Star (Nairobi)

29 August 2014

Kenya: Court to Rule On Tobiko's Application for Sh1 Billion Heroin Ship to Be Destroyed

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has Friday afternoon moved to court seeking orders to have a ship that was intercepted off the Kenyan coast with narcotics destroyed.

Presiding judge Justice Maureen Odero is set to rule on whether the ship will be destroyed within the hour after hearing Tobiko's application.

Even as the court adjourns to rule on the case, Kenya Navy officers have finished laying explosives that are to be used to sink the stateless MV Al Noor ship.

The ship which was that was found to have 373 kilograms of heroin valued at over Sh1 billion will be sunk in the deep sea and will be witnessed by president Kenyatta who commissioned the exercise.

The president while commissioning the sinking of the ship that had nine crew on board who were charged with with trafficking, said the port of Mombasa will no longer be a passage for the importation of illicit drugs.

"We will not allow drug barons to destroy the future of our young people. We will track and deal with them decisively," Kenyatta said.

The ship that has been in police custody under tight security, is one of two that Interpol had warned Kenyan authorities would be ferrying narcotics within Kenyan territory.

The ships left Pakistan and berthed in Mogadishu, Somalia from where it said to Kenya at which point it was intercepted by naval officers manning the Kenyan Coast.

Nine crew members, seven Pakistanis, two Iranians and an Indian who were onboard the ship when naval officers intercepted it on July 3.

The crew said the ship was enroute to Zanzibzar, but documents found on the ship after a search showed that the ship was to dock in Kenya.

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