Bomet man arrested for posting about alleged terror plot on Facebook


Bomet man arrested for posting about alleged terror plot on Facebook
FILE/VOA - A smartphone user displays a Facebook newsfeed in a May 2, 2013, photo illustration.

In Summary

  • Timothy Koech, alias Joseph Langat, was arrested at Chepngaina village in Bomet County for alleging that members of a terror group were planning to attack an institution of higher learning.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested a suspect for publishing alarming information warning of an alleged terror plot on Facebook.

Timothy Koech, alias Joseph Langat, was arrested at Chepngaina village in Bomet County for alleging that members of a terror group were planning to attack an institution of higher learning.

The suspect is presently in custody pending interrogation over offences of hoaxes contrary to Section 26 and Section 30 of Prevention of Terrorism Act.

According to Section 26, “a person who issues any information that a terrorist act has been or is likely to be committed, knowing that the information is false, commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for a term twenty years.”

Section 30, on the other hand, states that: “A person who knowingly possesses an article or any information held on behalf of a person for the use in instigating  the commission of, preparing to commit or committing a terrorist act commits an offence, and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twenty years.”

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