Terror suspects arrested in Eastleigh in 2010 found guilty

Terror suspects arrested in Eastleigh in 2010 found guilty

Two terror suspects arrested in Eastleigh in September 2012 are guilty of being in possession of explosive chemicals, hand grenades, four riffles and several rounds of ammunition hence did not mean good for the country. This comes even after the third suspect initially pleaded guilty to the charges.

Omar Abdi Aden alias Salman Abdi, Mushararaf Abdalla alias Shukri alias Sharif Abdalla Maalim alias Alex Shikanda, and Rashid Shwaitan alias Ali alias Bonny alias Blacky, could not escape from the wrath of the law even after their accomplice, Abdi Majid Yasin Mohammed alias Ali Hussein alias Brownny, sacrificed himself in 2012 to save them by pleading guilty to all the criminal charges they faced.

The court took note of the fact that Blacky had rented several houses in Nairobi including Lang’ata, Umoja, Embakasi and Eastleigh area within the short time he arrived in the Nairobi from Busia, before he was arrested at a Malindi hotel despite the fact that he also had rented another house in which he did not leave in.

“What causes even more suspicion against the second accused person is the fact that he never demanded for the much money he placed as deposit in all the houses he rented and never lived in for long, according to the house owners who testified before this court, it emerged that the accused person was always in a hurry to travel,” read the Magistrate.

On the other hand, the first accused person, Omar Abdi Aden, in his testimony, told the court that he was arrested and taken to Browny’s house in Eastleigh at 8 pm contrary to Browny’s testimony that the police arrived with Omar in his house between 1 am and 2 am on that particular day, the testimony which the court could not buy.

Professor Nandwa and Miss Gikonyo advocates for the accused asked the court to postpone mitigation before they are sentenced. The case will be mentioned on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 for mitigation and sentencing.

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