Court stops Uhuru from destroying Sh1 billion heroin ship
Mombasa High Court has stopped the destruction of a Al Noor ship which was nabbed with Sh1 billion heroin despite Kenya Navy finishing preparations for destroying.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had Friday afternoon moved to court seeking orders to have a ship that was intercepted off the Kenyan coast with narcotics destroyed.
Lawyer Cliff Ombeta had made a submission to stop the ship’s destruction on behalf of his client who was not mentioned in court.
Presiding judge Justice Maureen Odero in her ruling refused Tobiko’s prayers to destroy the ship but allowed the state to destroy the drugs which were confiscated inside the ship in July.
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 was to be sunk in the deep sea and witnessed by President Uhuru 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 Zanzibar, but documents found on the ship after a search showed that the ship was to dock in Kenya.