Muslim cleric accused of rape wants to be released on bond
11 July 2016, 20:32
Nairobi - A Muslim cleric who was charged at the Shanzu law courts in Mombasa on 28th June this year has moved to the high court asking to be released on bond.
Through his lawyer Abdulrahman Aminga, Mohammed Ahmed, also known as ‘Ustadh’ want high court to nullify the earlier ruling by Shanzu senior magistrate Diana Mochache who ordered the accused person to be remanded at the Shimo la tewa prisons until the 19th of July when his case will be heard.
Aminga said that Ahmed who many locals know him as a witch doctor has the right to be released on Bond like any other accused person since all the charges leveled against him are mere allegations which are yet to be confirmed by the prosecution.
“My client is undergoing humiliation as a remandee, why not grant him a bond or a reasonable cash bail as the prosecution carries on with its investigations” He told the court.
Aminga said that Mochache’s verdict of denying Ahmed bond or bail was through ill motive since the investigators failed in their mandate of sufficiently presenting before the Shanzu law court evidence against the Muslim cleric.
However the Complainant lawyer Elizabeth Aroka opposed Aminga defense saying that if released, Ahmed will definitely interfere with the investigations since he has very close relationship with the minor.
“Your honor I stand here as a parent and what the kid and her mother are going through at the moment, they should not be anywhere close to the accused person, they are currently going through counseling and encouraging sessions” She told the court.
High court judge sitting in Mombasa Patrick Otieno told both parties that he will deliver his ruling on whether to release the accused person on Bond, or cash bail or as well detain him on Friday 15th of July this week prior to the hearing of the case on the 19th of July this year as ruled earlier by senior magistrate Diana Mochache.
The Muslim cleric who many locals at the Kwa Bullo area in Kisauni where Ahmed Hails know him as a witch doctor is facing two charges that on diverse dates between July 2013 and 2015 at his home area at Kwa bullo in Kisauni within Mombasa county, he defiled his 4 year old daughter.
He is also facing a second count of causing injuries to the private parts of minor, charges which he denied.
Hearing of the case against him was scheduled for the 19th of July this year.
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