The Star (Nairobi)

19 November 2012

Kenya: Terror Raid Man Admits Possessing Firearm

Photo: UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti
There are more than 600 000 firearms in the wrong hands in Kenya.

A man arrested during Thursday's raid on suspected terror hideouts in Mtwapa pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm before a Mombasa court on Friday. Salim Karisa, who appeared before the court on Friday in blood soaked clothes and a bruised right eye, however denied intentions to commit a murder with the weapon.

Karisa denied possessing 15 rounds of ammunitions and concealing the pistols's serial number. Chagawa told resident magistrate Abraham Gachie that he had been given the gun and that he was not aware if it had ammunition or not.

"I was given the gun and did not know the number of bullets it had or if the serial number had been removed," said Karisa. Prosecutor Peter Mungutia successfully applied to have the suspect remanded in police custody for three days to facilitate investigations.

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