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7 day detention for 157 youth arrested in Mombasa mosque raids

19 November 2014, 23:00 Ken Wekesa

Nairobi - Over one hundred youths arrested during the police raid at Masjid Shuhadaa and Sakina mosques have been detained for seven days in police custody at the central police station in Mombasa to enable police complete their investigation.

Principal magistrate Justus Kituku said the investigating officers had given reasonable grounds to continue holding the accused in custody despite the youths objecting the application made by the investigating officer to have them remanded

" In terror related cases police are given a maximum of ninety days to hold the accused before charging I find the seven days requested by police reasonable to enable the suspected be vetted before being charged”, he said.

Kituku further directed that the suspects under the age of 18 be put in separate cell.

In a sworn affidavit by the investigating officer Jackson Guyo the police said they seek more time to conclude the investigations into the mater and identifying of relevant charges for the accused.

Guyo said that a different unit of investigating will conduct an investigation on the phone records of some of the accused hence the need to have them detained for seven more days.

He revealed that of the 248 youths detained in police custody the OCS had already released 91 suspects after they were found innocent.

He said the 24 hours mandated in the constitution was not enough to vet all the 248 accused persons before arraigning them in court.

The comes after 13 youths other youths were charged on November 18 with being possession of explosives at Masjid Shuhadaa and Sakina within Mombasa county.

Kituku directed that the case be mentioned on November 26 2014.

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