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Case involving Somali aliens delailed by lack of translator

12 November 2013, 12:10 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - A lawyer in the Mombasa law courts has asked the court to avail a state translator in time to have his client’s case that has been dormant for three years begin.

Jared Magolo asked the Mombasa Principal Magistrate, Richard Odenyo, to order the state to provide a state translator for his Somali clients' case.

The lawyer is representing a total of seven Somalia citizens who were arrested on December 30, 2011 for being in the country illegally and armed in a way that suggested they were planning to kidnap from Kenyan soil.

The seven were arrested at Muvundeni area in Lamu County where they were found in possession of six AK 47 firearms, 21 AK 47 magazines, 1 rocket launcher, 501 rounds of ammunition and a ladder but since the time they were arrested, their case has never began for lack of a translator.

The seven are faced with four charges including being in possession of firearms contrary to the laws of Kenya, being in possession of firearms with an intention of committing a crime contrary to section 59 (I) of the penal code, consorting with persons in possession of firearms contrary to section 89 (2) of the penal code and being in the country without valid documents contrary to section 531 of the Kenyan constitution.

The seven were denied bail after the Mombasa anti-terrorism police boss, Nguku Nyagah, swore an affidavit barring the issuance of either bail or bond to the accused with claims that they were a threat to the security of the nation and the same was affirmed by the fact that there were several failed attempts to have the accused rescued.

The mentioning of case is scheduled for February 19 next year. The ruling of lawyer Jared Magolo’s application is expected to be delivered the same day.

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