Muslim cleric Hassan Mahat Omar at Milimani law courts where police were allowed to detain him for 30 days to assists them with investigations on Monday 20 April 2015.
BY SAM ALFAN.
A Muslim cleric who has been alleged to be involved in financing the Garissa University College terror attack in which Somalia based terror militia killed 148 University student has been detained to assists police with investigations.
Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) on Monday morning obtained a court order allowing them to detain Sheikh Hassan Mahat Omar for 30.He was arrested on Friday.
Police say he has “close links” with Mohammed Kuno, alias Sheikh Mahammad, alias Dulydin, alias Garmadhere, Al-Shabaab’s leader in the Juba region of Somalia and the alleged mastermind of the recent terrorist attack at the learning institution.
Omar and a Ali Hassan Gure, who is yet to be presented in court, are involved in the financing of terrorism, the prosecution alleged in court on Monday.
“They are high-profile personalities and are believed to be key terrorism financiers in the country,” a prosecutor said.
An affidavit presented before the court states that Omar was arrested at his residence in Eastleigh on April 17, while Gure was arrested around the Thika Road Mall on April 19 but he is yet to appear before police detectives investigating 85 people suspected to be associated with Al-Shabaab.
The court heard that the ATPU believes that Omar and Gure are in constant communication with known Al-Shabaab adherents in the country.
The unit sought time to contact a mobile phone service provider and the financial crimes unit at Central Bank to shed light on their communication and financial transactions.
The court was told that Omar is believed to be involved in “radicalization” of youth and facilitating their “exodus” to Somalia.
The respondent is also believed to have obtained his identification documents fraudulently and his presence during investigations is crucial.
Gure’s name appears in a government blacklist published in the Kenya Gazette notice number 2326 as one of the entities associated with the terror group,Omar does not, although there is an Ali Hassan Mahat who court declined to grant a bond to a couple accused of being in possession of hand grenades.
Omar is facing a separate pending case in which he is accused being found in possession of two hand grenades alongside his wife, Fordosa Mohammed.
He has been ordered detained at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison until May 20.