‘Not yet Uhuru’  for Feisal Mohammed as DPP is set to appeal his acquittal

‘Not yet Uhuru’ for Feisal Mohammed as DPP is set to appeal his acquittal

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,4TH AUG 2018-Businessman Feisal Ali Mohammed is not yet off  of the hook after the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji said  he will appeal the judgement of the High Court that acquitted him on Friday  on charges relating to wildlife trafficking .

Mombasa High Court on Friday revoked a 20-year jail term for businessman Feisal Mohammed who was convicted in 2016 for possessing Sh44 million ivory.

Haji however says he is dissatisfied and aggrieved with the judgement.

He maintains that evidence presented at trial was sufficient to secure a conviction and is confident that the Court of Appeal will overturn the High Court decision.

High Court Judge Dora Chepkwony said Mohammed’s sentence was unconstitutional.

She  said the evidence adduced before the court during the trial had many gaps and doubts.

The judge said the evidence was clearly circumstantial, which the trial court ought to have interrogated further before using it when the suspect was being sentenced.

Mohamed and four others Abdul Halim Sadiq, Ghalib Sadiq Kara, Praverz Noor Mohamed and Abdulmajeed Ibrahim, were in 2016 accused of being in possession of 2,252 kilogramme of ivory nabbed on June 2014 in Tudor, Mombasa.

Interpol agents in Dar es Salaam Tanzania arrested Mohammed in December 2014  and brought  into the country for trial.

At the time  all denied charges and the four others were released, leaving Mohammed  to be  jailed.

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