Suspected ivory smuggler Feisal re-applies for bond (Kenya)



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A suspected ivory peddler re-applied to be released on bond on Friday citing health problems.
This is the third time Feisal Mohamed has applied to be released on bond since his arrest.
“The court should consider his constitutional right as any other suspect,” said Feisal’s lawyer Jared Magolo.
“My client is suffering in custody. He should be granted bail so that he can seek medical attention from his private doctors.”
Feisal, a Mombasa businessman, was arrested last December 22 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, by Interpol.
On December 26, he was charged in a Mombasa court alongside five men for dealing and being in possession of 314 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 2,152kg.
He denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Richard Odenyo.
Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti said if Feisal is given bond he will abscond.
Feisal has been linked to the three tonnes of ivory found in Tudor, Mombasa, in June 2013.
Police say he is the leader of an international poaching syndicate based in East Africa.
Feisal is remanded at the Shimo la Tewa prison.
Magistrate Justus Kituku will deliver his ruling on February 27.