By Beth Nyaga
A suspected drug trafficker who fled the country in 2015 after being linked to the 7.6 kilograms of heroin seized in MV Baby Iris-the ship , Mombasa has been deported back to the country from Madagascar to face charges.
Ndechumia Bilali Kimali joins several other suspects in custody over the consignment that saw a ship blown up by Kenyan authorities in the Indian Ocean.
Kenya Airports Authority’s CID Chief Joseph Mugwanja said the suspect would now face charges together with five others in a case pending at the Mombasa Law Courts.
Among those charged in court include Ahmed Said Bakar, Mohammed Bakari Mohamed , Sharifu Mzee Mohamed and Hussein Salim.
Kimali is alleged to have bought the Heroin laden yacht from the Kilifi Boatyard creek in 2014 and police said it was on transit to Swaziland when it was seized.
Before the destruction of the yacht, police said it ferried wealthy Western tourists between Kenyan ports, Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam, Madagascar and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
“Bilali is believed to be the mastermind behind the trafficking of illicit drugs that were destined overseas. He is suspected to be a member of locally and foreign-based drug barons who are currently under investigations. Five suspects were arrested on that matter and taken to court,” said Mr Mugwanja.
The boat carrying the drugs valued at Ksh22 million was blown up in the high seas in a security operation led by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.
“Let it be known that criminals committing crimes in Kenya and running to other countries will be pursued and brought back to face the law. Our law enforcement agencies are in constant communications [with those in other countries] to make sure criminals will not have a safe haven to commit crimes in our country or elsewhere,” he added.
A number of suspects have already been charged in court among them Ahmed Said Bakar, Mohammed Bakari Mohamed , Sharifu Mzee Mohamed and Hussein Salim.