Alleged False Cargo Declaration Gets Ship Captain in Trouble


On April 9, an Indian captain who was charged with false declaration of goods was freed on a Sh1 million bond by a Mombasa court.

What happened?

The court alleged that the accused and another Indian captain of a separate ship disclosed false declarations to Kenya Revenue Authority after they docked at Mombasa port.

Sumra Suleman Umar, the captain of the ship named Haseena was released after his lawyer Jared Magolo applied for a review of his bond from Sh4 million.

Umar was charged together with Gajjan Mahamad Salim Suleiman, the captain of Uweesh Karni vessel, of false declaration of cargo worth Sh77 million in custom duty.

The two captains denied the charges before Resident Magistrate Christine Ogweno.
Ogweno said, “The accused bond is hereby reviewed to Sh1 million and a Kenyan surety of similar amount. He is also to deposit his passport in court”.

The two are accused of giving false information to the KRA customs officers at Mtongwe anchorage.

The allegations:

Umar is accused of that on February 4, 2018 at Mtongwe anchorage, he declared 5,000 packages of cooking oil instead of 10,800 bags of rice with a custom value of Sh36.4 million.

He was also charged of declaring 5,000 instead of 26,600 jerry-cans of 20 litres of cooking oil with a valued of Sh9.6 million.

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Source: Standard Media