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Preacher held for recruiting Primary School pupils into Al Shabaab

23 June 2015, 08:09 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Anti-terror police unit in Mombasa are holding a Muslim cleric suspected to be recruiting primary school pupils into the Al Shabaab terror group.

Salim Mohammed Wambwilwe was arraigned before resident magistrate Julius Nange’a where the detective filed an application to have the accused held in police custody for 30 days to complete the ongoing investigation into the matter.

State prosecutor, Eugene Wangila made an application under notice of motion to have the respondent detained for 30 days pending an investigation into claims that he was recruiting young boys into the terror group.

Wangila informed the court that they had collected seven shirts from boys with the inscription “RADICAL BOYS”.

He further informed the court that they had confiscated from the respondent other materials including his phone that was to be presented to the cyber unit in Nairobi for further analysis.

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“Your honor, we are requesting for more time to investigate if the accused had connections to the terror groups within and outside Kenya,” said Wangila.

However, Salim objected the sate application to have him detained for 30 days, saying he was surprised by the change of events after he was presented in court.

“The officers who arrested me had informed me that the investigations were done 100%. Am surprised that am now being investigated for recruiting school children into terrorist groups,” said Salim.

The respondent also requested the court to present the youths from the school and the mosque committee to clear the air on the allegation that was being levelled against him.

Wangila objected the application stating that the prosecution had lawfully made the application under the 2015 terrorism prevention act.

“Our application is properly placed in court under the act which allows that an individual suspected to be involved in a terrorist act can be held up to 90 days pending completion of the investigation,” said Wangila.

Magistrate Nange’a directed that the accused be held at port police pending the completion of the investigation and the case be mentioned on July 22, 2015.

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