Muslim cleric gets 10 years for child sex tourism
07 July 2015, 09:18
Nakuru - A Muslim cleric charged with sex tourism was on Monday handed a 10-year jail term by a Nakuru court.
Sheikh Ali Samoja, a cleric at Bilal Muslim Mission center in Nakuru was accused of trafficking a 15-year-old girl to Nairobi where she was reportedly defiled by Sayyid Muktadha, a Lebanon national.
Resident magistrate Judicaster Nthuku who delivered the ruling said that charges against the accused had been proven by the prosecution beyond reasonable doubt.
“To deter others in the society from committing similar offences, the court hereby sentences accused to 10 years in jail,” ruled Nthuku.
According to court documents, Samoja committed the offence on unspecified dates in July 2012 at the Muslim mission center based at Nakuru’s Freehold Estate.
Samoja told the court that it was due to financial constraints in the girl’s family that he offered to link her to the Lebanese who was to offer her a job in Lebanon.
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The court also heard that the Muslim cleric arranged for the travel of the minor to Nairobi from where she was supposed to be taken to Lebanon.
A medical examination report presented in court by Dr Justus Nondi of the Rift Valley General Hospital during his testimony indicated that the minor might have been defiled.
The court heard that Samoja was arrested while planning to travel to Lebanon after the racket was unearthed.
In mitigation, the accused pleaded for leniency from the court saying that he had a young family and was the sole bread winner.
However, the magistrate said she had considered the accused person's mitigation and that the court was lenient enough to sentence him to 10 years.
The court allowed the accused a 14 days window period within which to appeal the sentence.
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