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Akasha sentencing pushed to July due to dispute over murder plot - 3 months ago, 20 Apr 21:42

Kevin J. Kelley

The sentencing of confessed drug trafficker Baktash Akasha has been postponed to July 25 following a prosecution move to present evidence linking him to the murder of a drug dealer in South Africa.

Judge Victor Marrero, who has been presiding over the Akasha case in a federal court in New York, agreed on Wednesday to reschedule the sentencing that had been set for April 19.

Baktash and his younger brother Ibrahim, who is due to be sentenced on July 26, are both facing terms ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment.

In a document filed earlier last week, US prosecutors urged Judge Marrero to impose the maximum sentence on Baktash, whom they describe as “a lifelong criminal of epic proportions”.

To support their call for a life term, the US government's attorneys seek to rebut a claim by Baktash’s defence attorney that he played no part in the 2014 ...
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