President Uhuru Kenyatta is under pressure to allow the US to extradite high-profile individuals that were mentioned by the Akash brothers and those the US Drug enforcement agency believes are linked to the narcotics trade.
The DEA officials arrived in the country on Wednesday to follow up on the high profile case.
Already, there is panic within the government as others lobby the president to tell the US to eat shit. The president is in a compromising position and plans to shift the pressure to the Director Of Public Prosecutions, sources have confirmed. This will be an acid test to Noordin Haji who has in the recent past instilled fear in Kenyan corruption cartels.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a United States federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and distribution within the United States.
More details had indicated that the agents will be seeking the extradition of the many prominent Kenyans that have been linked to the drugs cartel network after being named by the Akashas. The individuals are expected to face trafficking-related offences at a New York court.
The US had hoped that the current anti-corruption wave would help nab various individuals including lawyers and judges named and who the agency believes are liable.
Already, a similar DEA joint operation with the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), arrested Muhammad Asif Hafeez, an alleged mastermind behind a global narcotics smuggling empire and the main trading partner of the Akasha Organisation.
The extremely wealthy Hafeez, popularly known as ‘the Sultan’, was well-known family friend of the Akashas and other coast based businessmen.
Hafeez, 59, was seized in his London upmarket property in a UK-US operation and is awaiting extradition to the US to be charged in the same New York court as the Akashas.
A dual UK- Pakistani citizen, Hafeez was identified by plea bargains in the Akasha case as the head of an organisation spanning Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, that produced and smuggled dangerous hard drugs such heroin, methamphetamine, or crystal meth, and ephedrine.
The UK-NCA worked with the US-DEA to investigate Hafeez after he was allegedly identified in Akasha court papers as the main source of large quantities of heroin being smuggled into Kenya from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
As DEA agents arrive in Kenya, anxiety has reached unprecedented levels with senior politicians and government officials, high court judges, magistrates, prosecutors and prominent advocates, law enforcement officers, and bank officials all at risk of arrest and extradition to the US.
Previously the US Government under President Obama through the The U.S. Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act of 1999 froze assets of suspect drug baron Harun Mwau.
The act freezes the assets of international drug traffickers based in the US and denies designated drug lords access to the US financial system. According to the act, any American discovered to be doing business with any of the one designated under the act risks going to jail for 30 years or paying a USD5 million fine.
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