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Terror suspect transferred over plot to attack Prisons bus

08 December 2015, 09:09 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A Mombasa court has transferred the file of a terror suspect, Luqman Khatib to Shanzu Law Courts over security concerns raised by the prosecution.

State prosecutor Shekwila Ayekwa informed chief magistrate Susan Shitubi that the suspect and his accomplices who were not in court were planning to attack the Kenya Prisons bus while transporting the accused from Shimo la Tewa maximum prison with the aim of freeing the accused from prison.

Ayekwa also informed the court that the accused was a dangerous criminal and was facing numerous charges at the Mombasa law court and was also linked to the Al Shabaab terror group.

Khatib was arrested in Majengo area where he is alleged to be a leader of a gang that has been terrorizing local residents.

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He is also brother to a terror suspect, Kayuni Khatib who is suspected to have shot a CID officer as he pursued armed robbers in Kiziwi area within Tudor in Mombasa County.

“The accused is a dangerous criminal facing terror related and robbery with violence charges and police have intelligence that his accomplices are planning to attack the Kenya Prisons bus while transporting him to Mombasa Law Courts. We hereby make an application that all his files be transferred to Shimo la Tewa,” said Ayekwa.

The defense council did not object the application.

Magistrate Shitubi directed that his robbery with violence file be transferred to Shanzu Law Courts while the other files await approval after perusal.

The case will be heard on February 18 at the Shanzu Law courts.

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