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DPP faults release of drug suspect on US wanted-list

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Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has opposed the release on bond of a Kenyan wanted in the United States of America for drug-related charges.
  • Making the application before a Nairobi court, the DPP said there are high chances for Mansur Mohamed Surur alisas Mansour to escape if released on bail.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has opposed the release on bond of a Kenyan wanted in the United States of America for drug-related charges.

Making the application before a Nairobi court, the DPP said there are high chances for Mansur Mohamed Surur alisas Mansour to escape if released on bail.

The court heard that the US government issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr Surur following his indictment by a New York court for conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy to distribute and possess narcotic drugs.

Mr Surur was arrested on July 29 at the Moi International Airport, Mombasa after landing from Yemen in a chartered flight.

Senior Assistant DPP Catherine Mwaniki told the court that the police were investigating how he left the country despite the alert being issued by Interpol. He allegedly left the country through South Sudan and subsequently to Yemen.

Further, the DPP said he has received an extradition request from USA and at the same time seeking the arrest and surrender of Mr Badru Abdul Aziz, his co-conspirator.

The court heard that Mr Aziz was arrested in June 2019 but was released on bond only for him to vanish. And just like his accomplice, the DPP said, Mr Surur might disappear.