Kenya: Sh577 Million Ivory Suspects Ask for Witness Reports


Mkamburi Mwawasi, The Star

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The DPP yesterday was given a month to give the witness statements to six people charged with exporting ivory to Thailand.

The six are Abdulrahman Sheikh, Sheikh Abdulrahman, Mahmoud Sheikh, Lucy Kahoto, Jacob Lithare and Samuel Mundia.

Their lawyers Jared Magolo, Gikandi Nguibuni, Ngeno Birir and Gakuhi Gakue said the prosecution did not keep its promise of giving the statements after they pleaded to the charges.

“We don’t have witness statements and exhibits to be used in the case to prepare for the defence hearing,” Nguibuni said.

Prosecutor Jami Yamina said the defence should not make such an order and such an application should not be made at the trial court.

He said he needs to consult the investigating officer and get the documents ready.

Yamina said the defence will be given the statements at their own cost, something they objected to.

The six have denied trafficking ivory worth Sh577 million to Thailand and Singapore.

They are out on Sh30 million bond.

The case will be heard on November 10.