August 17, 2018

Al-Shabaab Terror Suspects Detained

Al-Shabaab fighters

By Derrick Kiplagat
The three ladies arrested at El-Wak on the Kenya-Somalia border as they tried to sneak to Somalia allegedly to join Al-Shabaab, have been detained for 20 days to allow police to carry out investigations.
The ladies identified as Ummul-Khayr Sadir Abdull, Maryam Said Aboud and Kadija AbubakarAbdulkadir, appeared before Mombasa senior Magistrate Irene Ruguru. The prosecutor, Eugene Wangila told the court that investigations are being conducted into terror related charges leveled against the three and until they are concluded, recommended they should remain in custody.
“Your honor the investigation has already commenced and it will be done across the East African region. We found that 20 days are required to complete the investigation,” said Wangila.
Respondent lawyer Ali Hamisi Mwadzoya objected the application made by Wangila. “There is no material produced in this court to support the allegations made by the State to warrant the holding of the three in cusody for 20 days,” Mwadzoya said. The lawyer further added that the three had not been accused of any offence to warrant their detention and deny them bond.
Senior Resident Magistrate Irene Ruguru allowed the application by the prosecutor, remanding the three suspects at Kilindini, Makupa and Nyali police stations. Ms Ruguru did not dispute the fact that the three were arrested while sneaking to Somalia hence if granted bond there are “chances of them leaving the jurisdiction of the court thereby prejudicing the investigations.”
Al-Shabaab has been carrying out recruitment of new members from Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania mainly targeting youth from marginalized communities. The militia group has made several threats to East African countries and western backed governments in the region demanding the evacuation of AMISOM troops from Somalia.

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