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Woman detained over terrorism poster

02 December 2013, 16:51 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - A woman suspected to be a terrorist was Monday arraigned before a Mombasa court for causing hoaxes contrary to section 26 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2012.

The woman was presented to the court after being arrested on November 30, 2013 at Bamburi Beach Hotel after she posted a note on the walls of her hotel room warning of possible terror attacks on the hotel and others in Nairobi and Machakos.

The charge sheet indicated that the lady claimed of having placed the three bombs in different locations on her own leaving the customers of the Bahari beach Hotel in with panic.

Juliana Kioko Mwithya committed the offence on the November 30 by posted in her hotel room a poster saying that she had planned a serious terror attack to the sovereign state of Kenya, and that called for her immediate detention from the public.

The accused however denied the charges pressed against her and went ahead to deny that she was the legal owner of the identification documents recovered by the investigating team, adding that her real name was not Julina Kioko but Lydia Nyambura Mwingi.

When asked about her identification documents, she said she left some at home and that the arresting officers had confiscated those she had carried.

The prosecution however produced her original identification card and a passport but she disowned them.

Led by Peter Githoge, the prosecution prayed to the court to have three extra days to enable the investigating officer complete the research on the case considering its sensitivity to the security of this country.

The court has ordered for the accused to be detained in the Mombasa Central police station to allow room for further investigations into the matter.

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