The high court in Mombasa has allowed the Assets Recovery Agency to confiscate nine vehicles belonging to five suspected drug dealers.
High court judge Patrick Otieno issued orders to the agency to confiscate the high range vehicles registered in the names of Swaleh Yusuf Kandereni, Asma Abdalla, Jaura Ahmed and Tajiri Bakari.
The judge further issued orders freezing an account held by Kandereni’s wife Asma Abdalla held at the Cooperative Bank of Kenya with cash amounting to over Sh 2.6 million.
Justice Otieno further ordered the respondents to deposit in court the original log books of the motor vehicles, within seven days and directed that a land cruiser registered in the name of the second respondent to be surrendered to the agency.
“The original log books should be surrendered to the agency within the next seven days failure to which the suspects or the custodians of the documents will be held accountable for defying court orders,” said Otieno.
He further issued orders to the National Police Service to seize vehicles which were still held by the suspects.
At the same time, the state is set to move to court tomorrow seeking orders restraining suspected drug baron Stephen Mangira from dealing with over Sh 18.5 million that was recovered in his possession.
In an application filed in court, the state is seeking for the money to be deposited in an interest earning account held by the court and restraining the respondent from dealing with the money.