Eritrean terror suspect arrested in Kenya

Eritrean terror suspect arrested in Kenya
The Eritrean suspected of terror activities and human trafficking. PHOTO BY AGNES OLOO.

Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) are holding an Eritrean national alleged to be involved in human trafficking within Kenya and abroad.

Geberemeskel Kahssay Bahta was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on November 5 on account that and he is alleged to have arrived in Kenya from United Arab Emirates via a KQ flight operated by Kenya Airways.

They were granted five days to hold onto to him as they conduct investigations. According to an affidavit by Sergeant Esther Chao, the suspect was travelling to South Africa having bought a ticket and checked in for a flight using an Eritrean passport.

The police claim that Bahta has been on terror watch list since 2011 and they are intending to charge him officially when their ivestigations are over.

“The respondent is involved in human trafficking in Kenya and has associates who run the cartel who are also been investigated,”claims the police.

While seeking to hold on to him pending investigations, ATPU told the court that the suspect’s phones have been taken to a forensic laboratory for analysis to identify his associates. The officer said they needed more time to get a feedback from experts.

The court was further told that Bahta’s travelling documents also need to be verified at South Africa, Mozambique,Angola ,Thailand ,Zimbabwe and South Sudan embassies which may require some time to get feedback.

Consequently, resident magistrate Muthoni Nzibe allowed the application and directed that he be returned to court after 5 days.

The suspect had been deported in early 2005 but he filed a case against the attorney general and immigration department seeking orders to block his deportation. High court judge Roselyn Wendo in march 14 2007, however, dismissed his application saying that his deportation was proper.

Justice Wendo said the decision of the minister cannot be faulted and that the suspect was in breach of Kenyan laws and that the minister acted in accordance with the law.

The suspect had asked the court to stop the State from arresting and deporting him or interfering with his peaceful stay in the country.

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