Four suspect who are feared to be behind the recent terror attack at a Java restaurant at JKIA,at Milimani Magistrate Court in Nairobi where they are facing criminal charges.
By SAM ALFAN
Four terror suspects believed to have been behind the recent attack at a restaurant at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)have been charged in a Nairobi Court.
The four Somali nationals among them a Somali embassy employee appeared in court over suspicions of masterminding the attack two weeks ago which was initially said to be a bulb explosion
Hassan Abdi Mohamud, Mohammed Osman Ali alias Modika, Ilyas Yusuf Warsame and Garad Hassan Fer Ali appeared before Acting Senior Principal Magistrate Doreen Mulekyo.They were charged with several counts of supporting terrorism and obtaining false identification documents.
State counsel Fridah Mwanza said Mohamud, Ali, Warsame and Fer on the fateful day at the restraints at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s unit one they carried out a terrorist attack in contravention of the law.
The four were also accused of being in possession of explosives contrary to law. The prosecutor alleged that accused jointly with others not before court on January 16 at Shauri Moyo trading center in Nairobi were found in possession of two kilograms of TNT explosive in Toyota Avensis KBS 965E silver in colour. The prosecutor further accused Mohammed Osman Ali of being in possession of 50 kilograms of TNT explosive on January 18 at Ushirika Fupi estate within Eastleigh area.
Ms Mwanza also accused Garad Hassan Fer Ali of giving shelter and support to Muhamed Osman Ali and Musdaf Ismail Hashi and others in committing a terrorist act at Java Restaurant within JKIA’s unit one.
Ilyas Yusuf Warsame and Garad Hassan Fer Ali were also accused of making a false declaration so as to obtain Kenyan passports. Warsame and Ali were accused that on April 1, 2008 and August 19 2011 respectively at the Passport Control office in Nairobi being Somali nationals wilfully and by fraudulent means presented themselves as bonafide Kenyan citizens and were issued with Kenyan passports.
Warsame faced another count of knowingly being in possession of Kenyan passport which he was unable to give proper account of its possession. He was also accused that on January 23 at Ushirika Fupi area in Eastleigh he was found in possession of eight Kenyan passports of which he could not give a proper account of their possession.
Ms Mwanza said the police had sworn an affidavit against the accused being granted bail on grounds that they are international criminals with no permanent residence in the country and were likely to abscond court.
Inspector Leonard Bwire swore the affidavit on February 3, saying, Anti-Terrorism Police Unit has information that the terrorist attack at Java Restaurant was planned and executed by the suspects together with others who yet to be arrested.
“Granting the suspects bail is tantamount to allowing them to roam the country to accomplish their machinations of causing mass destruction to life and property because they have been moving freely between Kenya and Somalia.” Ms Mwanza said.
The state counsel requested the court to remand the four pending the hearing and determination of their case.However Lawyer Abdi Hassan for the third accused strongly opposed the prosecution’s application on grounds that the exact cause of the JKIA incident has not been established.
“It is laughable that the accused are linked to the Java Restaurant incident yet the Inspector General of police is on record saying the cause of incident was a loose bulb. There is a naked attempt to connect the accused with the bulb incident, “Hassan said.
He requested the court to release his client on reasonable bond terms because he is not a flight risk being an employee of Somali Embassy in Nairobi.
The magistrate ordered the accused to be remanded in police custody and she is expected to rule whether to grant the accused the bill or not on February 12