The Akashas and Mr Hussein pleaded not guilty to those charges last month.
KELLEYAttorneys for the two Akasha brothers and another defendant are questioning whether a US court has jurisdiction to put them on trial on drug-trafficking charges.
I don't think citizens of Kenya can be (lawfully) expelled," Christopher Cassar, an attorney for Baktash Akasha, told the US federal judge hearing the case.
Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha, along with Pakistani national Gulam Hussein and Indian national Vijaygiri Goswami, have been charged by US prosecutors with conspiring to smuggle 98 kilogrammes of heroin into the United States from Kenya.
Mr Cassar and Dawn Marcella Cardi, an attorney for Ibrahim Akasha, said in court on Friday that they want US prosecutors to produce an official Kenyan government order for the defendants' expulsion.
US EXTRADITION REQUEST The Akasha brothers, along with Mr Hussein and Mr Goswami, were seized by Kenyan authorities in January of last year prior to a scheduled court hearing on the US extradition request.
Mr Cassar, the attorney for Baktash Akasha, said during that hearing that Mr Goswami has agreed to cooperate with US prosecutors presumably in exchange for a guilty plea and a lesser sentence.
BRIBERY CLAIMS Ms Cardi, the attorney for Ibrahim Akasha, said on Friday that defence lawyers will be asking prosecutors to reveal the names and titles of those Kenyans who were allegedly bribed in connection with this case.
The two Akashas were among four men arrested last Sunday night after months of investigations by Kenyan police and the U.
The move follows a directive by a Mombasa court late Thursday which gave the authorities 17 days to process the extradition of Baktash and Ibrahim Abdalla Akasha, Vijaygiri Anandgiri Goswami and Kulam Hussein who were found in possession of 98 packets of heroine.