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Latvia man jailed for smuggling miraa from Nairobi into UK

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Latvia man jailed for smuggling miraa from Nairobi into UK

By ALLAN TAWAI

A man who was caught trafficking miraa from Nairobi to the UK has been jailed for ten months by a judge at Warwick Crown Court.

The 27-year old Nauris Ennitis from Latvia, pleaded guilty to the illegal importation of 35 kilograms of miraa with a value of Sh. 2,800, 000 (£20,000) into the UK where the plant is a banned class C drug.

The defendant had arrived at London City Airport on a flight from Zurich having originally travelled from Nairobi.

Prosecutor Madhu Rai told the court that in September 2017, Ennitis was stopped by a UK Border Agency officer who had spotted him pushing two large suitcases which he later said he had packed himself.

The court was told that when the officer questioned the accused whether he had been given anything to carry, Ennitis immediately admitted by saying “Yes, I’ve got khat in there. It’s all mine, no-one else has anything to do with it. I just wanted to make some money.”

The two suitcases were stripped open and officers found cloth-wrapped bundles of miraa. The suspect admitted on the spot that he knew it was illegal to bring miraa into the UK, but he was going to gain from importing it.

During the interview, Ennitis said a friend in Kenya had offered to pay him Sh. 140, 000 (£1,000) once he had successfully delivered the drug into the UK.

The prosecutor, Miss Rai, pointed out migrant population from East Africa countries as the main market for the leafy plant which is chewed and has a similar effect to amphetamine, the court also heard that at the time of the case, Ennitis was subject to a 12-week suspended sentenced imposed for breaching a community order he had originally received for driving with excess alcohol.

Speaking via a video link from the prison where he had been on remand, Ennitis, who was representing himself explained that he had breached the suspended sentence and it had been activated in full last month. Regarding miraa offence, he acknowledged “I knew it was illegal, the only reason I was doing it was because I had lost my previous property, and I needed to get a new property,” he said

Ennitis also told the court that, with the exception of last month, he had been consistently working and paying taxes since moving to the UK from Latvia.
He said: “I feel remorse about it. It was a bad thing to do.”

While delivering the judgement the judge said: “You were being paid for that. You needed money because you were in debt, but there are other ways of getting money. You could have done more overtime, but you chose to go down this course. But it is clear you are showing great shame for what you did, and you were entirely honest when you were caught. I very much trust this is the last time the courts are troubled by you, and that you can go back to being a hard-working citizen of this country.”

In 2013, the Dutch government banned miraa exports denying Kenya over Sh1.5 billion in annual revenue.

Soon after, the UK declared miraa a class C drug and banned all imports, leaving Kenyan farmers with Somalia as the only major market.

 

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VIDEO: New song Warns Kenyan women who disrespect their husbands in the Diaspora

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A Kenyan woman is firing warning shots at her compatriots who “grow horns”upon arrival in the developed countries. She saying that women who migrate from Africa have a tendency to start disrespecting their spouses. “The man is the head of the house just as Christ is the head of the Church,” she says in this newly released song, “Wamama.” Watch:

 

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Kenyan Businessman jailed in US for 10 years

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A wealthy Kenyan businessman has been jailed for 10 years in the United States.

Jeffrey Sila Ndungi who is a registered owner of two planes parked at Wilson Airport, was convicted on two counts of theft of public funds and one count of aggravated identity theft.

On August 9, 2016, Ndungi is accused of attempting to defraud the US Government a whopping Sh77 million.

According to evidence presented in court, the 32-year-old obtained Treasury check payable worth Sh77 million payable to an individual identified as C.S. that had been issued on a federal income tax return filed electronically from Kenya.

He then delivered the treasury check to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation (CI) undercover agent in exchange for Sh4, 800,000.

Arrested

However, he was arrested on September 11, 2016, at Los Angeles airport as he attempted to board a flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

“Sila was also convicted of the theft of another treasury refund check that had been issued on an electronically filed return filed in 2012,” the court papers read.

According to the US regulations, the maximum statutory penalty for the identity theft count is a mandatory term of two years in prison and a Sh25, 000,000 fine.  The maximum statutory penalty for the theft of public funds counts are a maximum statutory penalty of ten years in prison and a Sh25,000,000 fine.

Ndungi will serve his 10 years jail term at Dallas Prison.

Ndungi, who at the time of his trial was in the US on a tourist visa, was denied bail for being a flight risk.

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VIDEO: I love “heavy equipment,” says husband to lady with world’s biggest hips

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Mikel Ruffinelli (born 1972) is an American woman who currently holds the record of widest hip in the world, according to the World Record Academy.

Her weight is more than 420 pounds (190 kg) and her hips measures an unusual 8 feet (2.4 m) in circumference, although her waist is only 3 feet 4 inches (102 cm). She is 5 feet 4 inches tall.

Mikel was a normal-sized young woman and in her early 20s weighed an above average 13 stone (180 lb). But at 22, she put on 4 stone (56 lb) after having first child Andrew. After daughters Destynee, Autumn, and Justyce followed, her weight and hips ballooned further.

On her own admission, she eats an average 5,000 calories a day.

According to medical experts, possibly this extraordinary fat tissue accumulation turns out to be an advanced stage of a medical condition called lipedema.

Nonetheless, look at what her husband says about working with ‘heavy equipment’:

 

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