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MRC member charged with robbery with violence

30 March 2012, 10:09 Alloys Musyoka

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A Malindi court has remanded a suspected Member of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Group alleged to have been among several other youths who committed Robbery with violence offence and disrupted Mock elections at St. Andrew primary school last Saturday until 24 April when his case will be heard.

Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Bakari appeared before Malindi Chief Magistrate Lilian Mtende under tight police escort and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He was charged that on 24 March 2012 at St. Andrew primary school polling station in Kisumu ndogo village in Malindi district with others who were not before the court, while armed with offensive weapons that is Pangas and Rungus attacked IEBC officials and police officers before they disarmed one officers of his loaded with 20 bullets G3 riffle worthy 120,000.

Chief Magistrate ordered the accused person to be remanded at Mtangani GK prison until 24 April when his case will be heard.

“The suspect will be remanded at Mtangani prison until the date of his case to be heard,” said the Chief Magistrate Lilian Mtende.

At the same court 11 people who were arrested for suspicion of being MRC members were released for lack of sufficient evidence to charge them.

The 11 suspects were arrested on 25 March 2012 and arraigned in court on 26 where Corporal Kariuki Njeru requested the court to allow him to continue remanding the suspects at Malindi police station for 5 days before he completed investigations of the matter.

“I urge the honorable court to remand the suspects for 5 days so that I can complete investigations into the matter due to technicalities involved,” read a sworn affidavit by Corporal Njeru.

He told the court that the 11 suspects were arrested in connection to the case of Robbery with Violence that he was investigating where a G3 riffle S/No.G3-7795592 with 20 round of ammunition of 7.62mm was robbed off from Administration police constable Matano Masai within St. Andrews at Kisumu Ndogo.

The court heard that, police had concluded their investigations and had not gathered any evidence that could lead to charging the suspects and therefore they might be released.

“In respect to the suspects, police have concluded their investigations and gathered no evidence to charge the accused and therefore they may be discharged.” said chief Magistrate Lilian Mtende.

In conclusion Chief Magistrate Mtende ordered the suspects to be set free.

“The suspects are discharged under article 49(1) (g) of the constitution 2010,” she ordered.

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