Prosecution accused of misplacing Al Shabaab brides case files
15 June 2015, 10:11
Mombasa - Four Al Shabaab brides arrested on their way to join ISIS in Syria have accused the prosecution of conspiring to frustrate the commencement of the their case by secretly transferring their file to Shanzu law courts.
The defense lawyers; Hamisi Mwadzozo and Okumu Owuor said that there was ill intent and requested the prosecution to provide a detailed report as to why the files were moved without informing them.
Mwadzozo said he was aware that all the witnesses who were to testify in the case were presented in court and the case could not proceed in the absence of the four accused persons.
However, the state prosecutor, Eugene Wangila informed the court that the file might have been mistakenly transferred to Shanzu.
Wangila made an application seeking 3 days to establish how the file might have been transferred from Mombasa law court to Shanzu.
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“Your honor, we also seem to have been caught unaware; we seek more time to establish how and under whose authority the file changed courts,” Wangila said.
Resident magistrate Susan Shitubi informed the defense that a production order will be issued, stating that file was before a magistrate that was on leave and that could have caused the error.
Khadija Abdulkadir, Mariam Aboud and Ummulkhayr Abdulla (Tanzanian) were arrested at Elwak while Halima Aden Ali was arrested in Machakos County for being a member of the Al Shabaab.
The four are in police custody following prosecution application to deny them bail.
Magistrate Shitubi directed that the the case be heard on July 16.
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