Six Pakistanis and an Iranian who were found guilty of trafficking heroin via the Indian Ocean to Mombasa get life sentences.
All 7 of them have been in detention since 2014 after their arrest. They were charged with trafficking heroin worth 1.3 billion Kenya shillings ($10 million).
The Mombasa court stated that each of them will get a fine of 3.9 billion Kenya shillings. They can exercise their right to appeal.
The seven crew members of the ship Amin Darya, also known as Al Noor, were arrested while on board the ship at sea.
The ship was destroyed in an operation that was supervised by then-President Uhuru Kenyatta, who reemphasized the country’s stringent policy on drug trafficking.
The foreigners accused police during the trial of tampering with evidence after the ship was destroyed before the case was concluded. The magistrate, however, said the court was satisfied with the evidence presented at the trial.
377 kilograms (831 pounds) of granular heroin, 33,200 liters (8,770 gallons) of liquid heroin and 2,400 liters (6,34 gallons) of diesel mixed with heroin were found by the police during the raid.
The Kenyan public prosecutor sought a life sentence for each man after the court found them guilty. Kenya’s coast has become a transit point for drug trafficking in the East African region, according to officials.
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