Three women arrested over terrorism links arraigned in court
30 March 2015, 18:39
Mombasa - Three women who were arrested as they attempted to sneak into Somalia to join the Al Shabaab militants will remain in police custody for 20 days.
The three Ummul-Khayr Sadir Abdull from Zanzibzer , Maryam Said Aboud and Khadija Abubakar Abdulkadir both From Malindi appeared before Mombasa Senior Magistrate Irene Ruguru
The prosecutor Eugene Wangila told the court that the three were being investigated on terror related charges and should remain in police custody pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.
In an affidavit filed by corporal Philip Tanui, the detectives said they arrested the three at the Kenyan-Somalia border and the items recovered from them are still being investigated.
“Your honor the investigation has already commenced and it will be done across the east African region. We found that twenty days are required to complete the investigation," said Wangila.
However the respondents' lawyer Hamisi Ali Mwadzoya objected the application made by Wangila.
He argued that the state submissions were pure allegations that could not be substantiated.
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“There is no material produced before this court to support the allegations made by the state to warrant the holding of the three in custody for 20 days," said Mwadzoya.
He further said that the three had not been accused of any offence to warrant their detention and deny them bond.
According to Wangila, who objected the defemses' bail application, the three ladies were arrested en route to Somalia hence calling for investigation.
He said that the requested period was within the law as the terror laws of Kenya allow the detention of the accused up to 90 days.
“This application is supported by the Kenyan law and the defense ought to have challenged our application in a sworn affidavit," he said.
The magistrate directed that the three be detained to help the detectives with the ongoing investigation.
The case will be mentioned on 20 April, 2015.
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