Four Al Shabaab brides denied bail
28 May 2015, 08:03
Mombasa - A Mombasa court has denied bail four suspected Al Shabaab brides that were nabbed on their way to join ISIS fighters in Syria.
Khadija Abdulkadir, Mariam Aboud, Ummulkhayr Abdulla (Tanzanian) and Halima Aden Ali who arrested on April 3 in Machokos county for being members of the Al Shabaab will stay in custody pending the hearing and determination of their case.
In his ruling, senior principal magistrate Richard Odenyo said that it would not be wise for the court to release the four on bail at the moment.
He said the court had put into consideration the applications made by the prosecution against the four women who were arrested by the KDF in Elwak while en route to Somalia.
Odenyo said the circumstances surrounding the case were complex and the prosecution had promised to speed up the hearing, after lining up five witnesses to testify in the case.
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He further argued that Ummulkhayr was not a Kenyan citizen since she was from Zanzibar, further complicating the issue of bail approval.
Earlier while submitting an application to deny the four bail, the prosecution had informed the court that investigations had revealed that the young women were en route to Syria where they were to join the ISIS.
The state prosecutor, Eugene Wangila, had also argued that it would be hard to trace the suspects in case they jumped bail.
He further said that their release on bail would encourage terror activities in Kenya since the four are alleged to have links with terror suspects in East African region.
The case will be mentioned on June 12 to fix a hearing date.
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