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Suspected Al Shabaab brides released on bail

14 October 2015, 10:35 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Four suspected Al Shabaab brides were Tuesday released on bail, seven months after their arrest.

Khadija Abdulkadir, Mariam Aboud, Ummulkhayr Abdulla (Tanzanian) and Halima Aden Ali who arrested on April 3 in Machokos county after being suspected to be members of the Al Shabaab group were released on bond of KES 500 000 with two sureties.

“I have carefully considered the submissions by both parties and I hereby release the respondents on bail of KES 500 000 and two sureties of similar amount,” said Odenyo.

Earlier, the trial court magistrate Richard Odenyo had declined to release the four on bail following an application made by the prosecution.

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Odenyo said the circumstances surrounding the case were complex and that the prosecution had promised to speed up the hearing of the case, lining up five witnesses to testify.

State prosecutor Eugene Wangila had also argued that the diplomatic ties between Kenya and Syria would prove difficult if the suspects jumped bail and sneaked into Syria.

Wangila further argued that their release on bail would further terror activities in Kenya.

The four women are also suspected to be university students who had been lured to join the Al Shabaab via social media.

On Tuesday, the court objected the application by the state council to stay the release of the four on bail for 14 days.

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