Al Shabaab brides claim foul play in fixing hearing date
19 January 2016, 14:13
Mombasa - Four suspected Al Shabaab brides have accused the prosecution of fixing a wrong date for the hearing of their case.
The case against the four; Khadija Abdulkadir, Mariam Aboud, Ummulkhayr Abdulla (Tanzanian) and Halima Aden Ali who were arrested on April 3 in Machakos County on suspicion of being members of the Al Shabaab was adjourned after the prosecution informed the court that the three witnesses who were to testify before the court had not arrived from Elwak.
Through their lawyer Khamis Mwazdoga, the brides accused prosecution of delaying their case saying they have been in custody since March 2015.
“The state had fixed the hearing for February 4 2015 yet they knew very that the date exist in the calendar of the court, this matter has attracted a lot of public interest but the state seem not to be very serious with the case” said Mwazdga.
He said that some of the accused were university students and their continued stay in remand will affect their education.
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The defense council also requested the court to give the state the last adjournment in the matter since they have not also provide them with the list witness whom are yet to testify in case.
State prosecutor, Eugene Wangila said the accused are already out on bond over the matter and that the only reason they are still in police custody is because of another matter pending hearing before another court.
Wangila conceded that there was an error in the documentation of the dates they had summoned witnesses for the hearing.
“The officers had indicated the date as February 4, 2015 instead of February 4, 2016,” said Wangila.
He also revealed that the two witnesses are yet to arrive from Elwak.
The four are in police custody after they were freshly charged for conspiring with foreigners to carry out a terrorist act in Kenya; they are also accused of illegally arranging a meeting aimed at supporting terror groups.
They were earlier charged with for members of the Al Shabaab after they were arrested while en route to Syria via Somali to join the Islamic State fighters, and were released on bail of KES 500 000 and a surety of similar amount.
Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo has set the hearing for February 4, 2016.
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