Three suspects, who were arrested in Eastleigh, Nairobi, with contraband sugar labeled “unfit for human consumption” will spend a further 10 days in police custody.
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The three – Dahir Ahmed Hassan, Mohammed Dahir and Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed – who are believed to be directors of a sugar company were found repackaging 1, 474 bags of Brazillian Raw Sugar into various local sugar company packaging bags when police smashed the ring.
Nairobi Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku ruled “the case was unique and involved a fast selling commodity which is on demand and highly consumed by humans, hence risking human life.”
The magistrate further noted police need to trace places where the commodity has been supplied so as to recall it will need cooperation and presence of the respondents.
Multi agency tracking
He also added that the investigations were being carried out by a multi-agency tracking team including Counterfeit Agency, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Government Chemist and office of the Director of Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
No enough evidence
The court heard that most of these agencies require time for sampling and conducting analysis on the contraband sugar found in the respondents’ possession.
According to the investigating officer, the suspects could have supplied the sugar to various markets all over the country hence it was necessary to carry out further investigations.
He said they were expanding the investigations to the port of Mombasa to authenticate the provided import documents and also visit the local sugar companies all over the country whose packaging bags were found being used by the respondents.
“Identification documents produced by the respondents are also suspected to be fake and therefore a search on the same at the National Registration Bureau is necessary to ascertain the respondents’ identity,” said the investigating officer.
Samson Nyamberi, the suspects’ lawyer, opposed an application by the prosecution to have them detained for 21 days saying there was no enough evidence.
The case will be mentioned on June 20 2018.