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American jailed in Kenya for 13 months for impersonation

09 January 2014, 08:23

Narok - An American was on Wednesday jailed in Kenya for 13 months for impersonating as Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agent.

Kaleb Daniel Short, who appeared before Acting Narok Senior Resident Magistrate Allan Sitati, was charged with two counts of charges.

In the first charge, he is accused of impersonation contrary to the laws of Kenya.

He falsely presented himself as a U.S. intelligence officer and was on official duties, a fact he knew to be false.

It said that he told investigation officer Ronald Chemosil that he wanted to arrest Abu Hassan in Maasai Mara, who is said to have been linked to terrorist activities in the U.S..

Chief Prosecutor Simon Ihaji said the investigations established that the American was not an intelligence officer because he did not inform the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

He was also charged with causing disorder in the police station contrary to section 60(1) as read with section 63 of the Police Act CAP laws of Kenya.

"On Jan. 6 at Narok Police Station in Narok North District within Narok County behaved in a disorderly manner by shouting and banging the counter of the said police station without any apparent reason," said read parts of the charge sheet.

The suspect pleaded guilty to the charges.

- Xinhua

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