BY NT REPORTER.
Several men alleged to be drug traffickers have been charged afresh before Nairobi Milimani Magistrate court.
This is after the prosecution amended the charge sheet.
Sammy Karanja Njau, Anthony Paul, Zakir Hussein, Rumishael Mamkuu, January Leundi, Geddion Juma Ogutu, and Wilbrod Ochieng appeared before trial magistrate Hellen Okwani and pleaded not guilty.
Warrant of arrest still in force against Anthony Paul and Zakir Hussein who have absconded attending court proceedings.
The seven are accused of trafficking psychotropic substances namely methamphetamine to wit 3313.6 grams with a market value of Sh 26,508,800 in contravention of the Narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances control Act.
They are alleged to have committed the offence on unknown dates and the night of August 29 and 30 ,2013 at Cape Business Park go-down along Thika road-Ruiru bypass within Kiambu County, jointly with others not before court.
The accused are also charged with trafficking 10.6 grams of heroin with a market value of Sh 31,000.
The seven are also accused of being found in possession of pseudo-ephedrine, a part one poison substance to wit 5695 grams with a market value of Shilling 854,250.
They are further accused with being in possession of ephedrine, a part one poison substance to with 28,164.7 grams with a market value of Shilling 4,224,705.
The hearing proceeded as scheduled after the accused pleaded afresh to the charge’s.
The scenes of crime officer who had testified was cross-examined by the suspects’ lawyers Wandugi Karathe and Stanley Kangahi.
The court heard that the exhibit alleged to be suspected HCL does not show the said label of HCL on the photographic exhibit as alleged by the officer.
Wandugi claimed that the pictures are not a clear representation of his report since the label is not showing.
He further testified that he never went to the primary scene. The court also heard that nothing proved that the suspected liquid in a bottle as shown in the officer’s photos was indeed HCL.
The prosecution told the court that it intends to call 37 more witnesses. Three DCI officers, Alan Ratemo, Nicholas mucheru and another were slapped with court summons.