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Cleric denies recruiting youth into Al Shabaab

04 December 2014, 16:31 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A Muslim cleric suspected to have been recruiting youths into the Al Shabaab terror group at Masjid Musa in Majengo has been charged in Mombasa court.

It is alleged that on January 3, 2012 at Masjid Musa in Majengo within Mombasa County, Mohammed Ali Abdallah robbed Athuman Shemuro a spy pen valued at KES 10 000 and at the same time used actual violence against him.

Abdallah faces a second count of recruiting Abdallah Sarahi, Swaleh Pesa, Ahmed Swaleh and Juma Salim to be members of the Al Shabaab at Masjid Musa in Mombasa on November 17, 2014.

He also denied a third count of harboring Sarahi, Pesa, Swaleh and Juma who intended to commit a terrorist act.

 Abdallah however denied all charges before senior magistrate Maxwel Gicheru.

In a sworn affidavit, the investigating officer Edward Rono opposed an application to release the accused on bail.

Rono informed the court that materials undergoing exploitation are yet to be finalized and a letter from the anti terror police unit forensic laboratory prayed the court for 14 days to enable them to conclude their investigations.

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Rono further prayed the court to hold the accused because he was being investigated for being a member of Al Shabaab who was involved in the recruitment of youth to the terrorist group.

The defense lawyer Gikandi opposed the application by the state saying the accused has been in custody for 12 days and the 10 days requested by the state had elapsed.

“For the 10 days my client has been in police custody, no police officer has approached him for an interview concerning the investigations,” said Gikandi.

Abdallah was arrested on November 22, 2014 at his home in Majengo after police raided Musa Mosque to flash out radical youths who were believed to have taken over the Mosque and using the place to plan attacks.

Gicheru is set to give a ruling on December 8, 2014.

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