4 July 2012

Kenya: Al Shabaab Suspect Released On Sh200,000 Bail

A man was yesterday charged before a Nairobi court with being a member of the outlawed Al-Shabaab group.

The court heard that Mohamed Mohamud Haaji engaged in organised criminal activities as a member of the terror group. The prosecution alleges that he committed the offence on or before December 31, 2010, at Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab. He denied the charges and was released on a Sh200, 000 cash bail. The case will be heard on August 10.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old Congolese woman was yesterday fined Sh350, 000 or to serve a jail term of one and a half years for being illegally in Kenya. Tsasa Phambu was charged with two counts, which include being in Kenya illegally and using a travel document with a forged endorsement. Through a French interpreter Phambu pleaded guilty to the charges.

A prosecutor from the immigration office said that Phambu was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on July 2 as she was about to leave the country. She did not have a valid pass that allowed her to be in Kenya, said the prosecutor. In her mitigation she said it is very sorry over the offence and asked the court to pardon her. While giving the sentence, the magistrate said he considered her being a first offender and fined her Sh250,000 or one year in prison for being in Kenya illegally and Sh100,000 or six months in prison for the forged document. He ordered for the accused to be repatriated back to Congo after paying the fine or after completion of her sentence.

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