Kenyan court allows police to detain al Shabaab suspects for 30 days

The Anti Terrorism Police Unit was on Wednesday permitted by the court to detain two terror suspects for 30 days to conclude investigations.

The two are Abdul Satar and Arfan Juma.

They were arrested in Elwak, Mandera county, on September 13.

ATPU’s corporal Bernard Ndirangu filed an affidavit through state counsel Kajuju Kirimi seeking to detain the two at Muthaiga police station.

Ndirangu said Satar had a student ID card for Iqra Youth Foundation Institute at the time of arrest.

He said detectives needed to establish circumstances under which the suspect was given the card.

The suspects were arrested after intelligence indicated they had left Mombasa for Somalia using a private car.

They were traced to the Elwak where they were arrested after they made a stopover to ask for directions into Somalia.

Ndirangu said detectives are pursuing two other suspects Hashim Adow who lives in Kisauni, Mombasa and Salim Aboud.

Adow is an alleged recruitment agent while Aboud was in communication with the two and was allegedly directing them to meet their recruiters for radicalisation and training.

Ndirangu said he required the 30 days to have sufficient time to submit the suspects’ phones to Cyber Crime Unit for analysis.

Satar and Juma did not oppose the application filed before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi of Milimani Law Courts.

The case will be mentioned on October 22.



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