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Court charges couple over Likoni terror attack

10 April 2014, 08:14 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A couple suspected to have been involved in the Likoni Joy in Christ church attack was Wednesday charged in Mombasa Law court.

Juma Hamisi Hassan and Misaid Athman denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku.

The accused couple pleaded guilty to the first count where they were found with articles and CDs and DVDs that had radical teachings and paramilitary teachings.

They denied the second count where they were charged of infringing the parental care of two minors aged 7 and 8 to live with their mother Fauzia Nasonga Kassim

State prosecutor Ngina Mutua informed the court that police arrested the couple on April 2 2014 after getting a tip off that the the accused were involved in the attack that left six people dead and scores of others injured.

The police raided the house of the accused at Vijiwani Shika adabu area in Likoni and upon search recovered hand written militia training notes in Kiswahili, English and Arabic and 9 CDs.

The accused were arraigned in court on April 3 2014 through a miscellaneous application where the police applied for their continued stay in custody to enable police complete their investigations.

During the investigation the police noted that the accused were living with two minors aged 7 and 8 whom were not their children but belonged to Fauzia Nasuba kassim who had neglected the kids and got married to Musa Idi in Kakamega County.

Fauzia has separately been charged at the Tononoka Law court for neglecting her children.

Mutua had informed the Principal Magistrate that the recovered CDs and DVDs had been sent to government cyber crime unit for further analysis

The state prosecutor through the investigation officer Nicolaus Otieno had filed an affidavit to deny the accused bail in the affidavit date April 9 2014 the investigating officer had stated that the accused were suspected to have been involved in a terrorist attack at a church in Likoni .

Otieno stated that if the accused are released may skip court proceeding due the charges that they are facing and may also interfere with the ongoing investigation.

The case will be heard on April 28 2014.

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