No bail granted for 70 Masjid Musa mosque suspects
12 February 2014, 14:40
Nairobi - 70 suspects arraigned in court over the Masjid Musa mosque skirmishes have been charged and at the same time denied bail in a Mombasa court.
33 others were however released after the court ruled that there was lack of evidence from the prosecution.
The 70 will be arraigned in court again on February 26 when the case will be heard again, after it was ruled that they are a disturbance to peace and hindrance to security.
Senior Magistrate at the Shanzu courts George Odenyo confirmed that the prosecution had indeed applied to have the 33 released from custody for lack of concrete evidence.
Omar Ahmed Majid, one of the 33 released was happy to have the charges dropped against him and the others.
" I am an innocent and peace loving Kenyan who does not mean to harm anyone so I am thankful that the case has been dropped, he said.
The 70 have been charged for a variety of offences, including robbery with violence, terrorism and being connected to the terror group al- Shabaab.
The robbery with violence charge attracts a death sentence under Kenyan law.
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