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Feisal Mohamed follows proceedings at the Court of Appeal in Malindi/ MKAMBURI MWAWASI
Feisal Mohamed follows proceedings at the Court of Appeal in Malindi/ MKAMBURI MWAWASI

A showdown looms between the Judiciary, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and an ivory kingpin sentenced to 20 years in jail for smuggling.

Feisal Mohamed, who was convicted after being found guilty of possessing Sh44 million ivory, has accused the state of intentional delaying his appeal hearing.

Feisal, who was also fined Sh20 million, has appealed the sentence. The hearing was scheduled for yesterday, but could not proceed over missing records.

Police accused Feisal of being behind an international ivory poaching syndicate linked to a 3-tonne haul of elephant tusks seized in Mombasa in June 2014.

Through his lawyer Taib Ali Taib, Feisal accused a magistrate of destroying some court proceeding records. Taib said Shanzu senior principal magistrate Diana Mochache, who had convicted Mohamed, destroyed part of the proceedings for unclear reasons.