18 December 2012

Kenya: Three Terror Suspects Arrested

Three men arrested by anti-terror police at the weekend in a Mombasa-bound bus were yesterday arraigned in court. Ahmadi Kotes, Orin Simiyu and Hodovia Waiganjo denied charges of preparing to commit murder and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Waiganjo faces an additional charge of associating with armed men. The three were arrested by police officers at the Mariakani road block following a tip off by members of the public.

Principal magistrate Richard Odenyo rejected their appeal to be released on bond. The case will be heard on February 15. Meanwhile, a woman accused of having links to a slain terror suspect asked the court to release her on bond.

Mariam Kisanya has been in remand at the Shimo la Tewa Prison following her arrest after a botched terror raid in Likoni that left her husband dead.

Kisanya, through her lawyer Chacha Mwita, said she is pregnant and asked the court to release her pending the hearing of her case. However, prosecutor Peter Githoge opposed the application saying the charges preferred against Kisanya are heavy. The ruling on the bond application will be heard on February 3.

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