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Kenyan Drug Lord Baktash Akasha Abdalla Gets 25 Years Not Life From Judge Marrero Citing Bronx Case

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 16 – Kenya drug trafficker Baktash Akasha Abdalla faced a life sentence including for the use of machine guns, but got 25 years in jail on August 16 from U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Victor Marrero.

Judge Marrero emphasized that the US Drug Enforcement Agency had played an entrapping or suggesting role. He likened it to attempted murder, and contrasted it to a Bronx gang leader to be sentenced later in the day who really killed someone, but faces a guideline sentence of 27 years. Citing the need to avoid unwarranted sentencing disparities he imposed 25 years and a fine of $100,000. More on Patreon, here.

  Back on July 26, murder in Amsterdam and the possibility of execution in India all came up in an ill-attended Fatico hearing before Judge Marrero, including questions about the credibility of government witness Mr. Vicky Goswami, whom the government describes as "the Akashas' trusted co-conspirator [who] after he was released from a long prison sentence in Dubai moved to Kenya and worked in partnership with Baktash, Ibrahmi and others on their drugs and violence."

  Baktash's lawyer George Robert Goltzer on July 26 mocked the government's reliance on Goswami, pointing at inconsistencies in the 3500 material turned over.

 But Judge Marrero, after praising Golzer and Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla's lawyer Dawn Cardi for their professional presentation, took the government's side. He said that multi-day proffers like Goswami's can result in seeming inconsistencies. But he found no inconsistency on the issues before him: the murder of "Pinky" and Ibrahim's use of a firearm. The case is USA v. Abdalla, et al., 14-cr-00716 (Marrero).

  Notwithstanding Judge Marrero's quotation from Robert Frost's poem "The Hangman," or with that perhaps as a harbinger, Baktash now faces sentencing on August 16 in the morning (Golzer asked that it not be in the afternoon so that Baktash won't have to spend all day in a holding cell). He faces a life sentence. Ibrahim is to be sentence much later, on November 8. Inner City Press will continue to cover these cases.


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