Mombasa female university students were to join ISIS
07 May 2015, 12:18
Mombasa - A Mombasa court has been informed that three university students who were arrested in March at El Wak along the Kenya-Somali border also have ties with ISIS in Syria.
The three were arrested on suspicion that they wanted to cross over to Somalia to join the Al Shabaab.
Ummulikheir Abadallah, Khadija Abubakar and Maryam Said Aboud denied the charges before Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate, Richard Odenyo.
The prosecution alleged that the three university students were arrested by anti terror police on their way to join the terror group in Somalia.
The prosecutor, Eugene Wangila informed the court that investigating officers had sworn an affidavit objecting the release of the three on bail saying that would further terror activities in the country.
He said that the investigations had established that the three had links in Syria and Sudan and were likely to jump bail.
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“The diplomatic ties between Kenya and Syria at the moment would prove difficult to reach the accused if they manage to reach the country,” said Wangila.
He said the three university girls' case was similar to that of the Samantha Lewthwaite who is at large after being released on bail.
He further informed the court that the investigating officers had determined that the girls had opted to drop out of school to join the Al Shabaab without the knowledge of their close family members and relatives.
They were charged alongside Halima Aden Ali who was arrested on April 3 in Machakos County for being a member of the Al Shabaab.
However, the defense lawyers Khamisi Mwazoga and Chacha Mwita objected the state application arguing that it is a constitutional right for the three to be released on bail.
The three were formally charged in court Wednesday after being in police custody for over 30 days.
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