Photo by: Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian when he appeared in court.
By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
A Briton accused of trafficking cocaine worth $5.98 million at Mombasa port, was today released on a Sh70 million bond with two Kenyan sureties of a similar amount.
Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian, will be remanded at Industrial Area Prison pending processing of the bond.
Last Thursday, Mr Marrian and Kenyan Roy Francis Mwanthi were charged separately with trafficking cocaine valued at $5.98 million.
They allegedly trafficked the cocaine concealed in a container at Kilindini Port in Mombasa on July 29.
The prosecution said Mr Marrian is a director of Mshale Uganda Limited while Mr Mwanthi is a director of Inland Africa Logistics Limited.
The prosecution opposed Mr Marrian’s application for bond, saying he was a flight risk.
The illegal drugs were allegedly concealed as sugar from Brazil en route to Kampala.
Mr Marrian was detained at the Kileleshwa Police Station until today (Monday), when the ruling on his application for bail was issued. Mr Mwanthi was detained at the Gigiri Police Station.
The court on Monday allowed the prosecution to appeal the ruling on bond but declined to stay the ruling.
The court further ordered the accused to deposit his passport in court.
He will also be reporting to the investigating officer once every week.
Mr Mwanthi, has also been released on a Sh60 million bond with two Kenyan sureties of similar amount.
He will also deposit his passport in court.
Prosecutors said the cases will be consolidated.
Magistrate Derrick Kuto, in his ruling, stated prosecutors did not convince him that the two should be denied bail.
Mr Kuto however, noted that the offence was serious and deserved stringent bond terms.
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