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Court patiently waits for return of 'White Widow'

19 November 2013, 12:50 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - The Mombasa law court is patiently waiting for the appearance of the world’s most wanted female terrorist to answer a case filed in the court on December 20, 2011.

Samantha Lewthwaite, an English lady said to have been the mastermind of the Westgate mall attack, has a case to answer in the Mombasa law courts where she was arraigned after she was found in possession of explosive materials contrary to section 29 of the explosives act CAP 115 of the laws of Kenya.

However, the lady was released on bond as police had contradicting information about the exact owner of the explosives with claims that she was not the direct owner of the explosives.

After massive research was done over the explossives, findings by the anti-terrorism police indicated that she was the direct owner of the explosives and this made the police seek a warranty of arrest against her, only to find out that the said lady was nowhere to be found.

Samantha was arrested on December 20, 2011 - in her then home in Kisauni sub county of Mombasa - and arraigned in court the same day.

The lady was found in possession of acetone chemicals in a two-liter plastic container, hydrogen peroxide chemicals in a 200-milliliter black plastic container, ammonium nitrate chemicals in 0.5kg white plastic container, sulphur sublimed in 0.5kg white plastic container, lead nitrate chemicals in 500-milligrams white container, four size AA royal batteries, one electric switch and an 11 cm electron current conductor. All the materials amounted to a heavy explosive weapon if deposited in the hands of an expert.

The lady that is today well known as the 'White Widow' is faced with two charges in the court, one of being in possession of explosive materials contrary to the Kenya’s explosive act and the another count of conspiracy to commit felony contrary to section 393 of the penal code.

To date, the court has issued out up to 26 arrest warrants against the White Widow but none of them has been effected.

The next mention of the case is on December 16.

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