Five men who allegedly aided the terrorists who attacked Garissa University Mohamed Adan Surow, Osman Abdi Dakane, Rashid Charles Mberesero, aka Rehani Dida, Mohamed Abdi Abikar, Hassan Aden Hassan and Sahal Diriye Hussein at Milimani law courts where police were granted more 30 days to complete investigations.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Five men who allegedly aided the terrorists who attacked Garissa University have been detained for further thirty days as the investigations are still on-going.
Anti-terrorism-Police Unit (ATPU) has requested the court to extend the time they had been granted on the grounds that the investigations are not yet complete.
The five Mohamed Adan Surow, Osman Abdi Dakane, Rashid Charles Mberesero, aka Rehani Dida, Mohamed Abdi Abikar, Hassan Aden Hassan and Sahal Diriye Hussein appeared before Milimani Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruyot.
Magistrate Cheruyot allowed police to detain them for more 30 days saying the offense they allegedly committed is of serious nature.
The suspects raised an objection to the prosecution application claiming that they have been in custody for a month and a half.
They told the court that being in custody for a day is like being there for a year; they also complained that they have been harassed and yet they still don’t know why they are being detained.
Some of them said they were ailing and therefore pleaded with the court to grant them permission to seek medical attention.
Through Senior State Counsel Daniel Karuri, ATPU argued that the suspects arrest was pursuant to the attacks that occurred at Garrissa University on April 2, 2015.
He added that the investigations are complex and incomplete hence requires more time and they are yet to disclose other suspects who are still at large.
The prosecution added that they needed phone details and records from the known telephone service providers that the suspects had been using.
“Some of the phone records that have been obtained and they do reflect that the suspects are directly connected to the Alshabaab-terror group in Somali,” Kauri said.
The prosecution therefore requested for thirty days due to the bulky nature of the call data records that need to be analyzed.
“It has not been possible to analyze all the data within the thirty days that the court had granted as,”Karuri added.
The court heard that the suspects had made calls to persons who are believed to be their associates some of whom are within the country.
The prosecution added that the investigators require time to interrogate the persons who the calls were made to and were in constant communication with the suspects.
“The team of investigations is making all effort to ensure all those involved are interviewed and interrogated,” he said.
He continued that the investigators have been able to travel to Tanzania where Mberesero is said to have come from and his family were not able to explain when he disappeared from his home.
Since his arrest, the prosecutor said more than ten other suspects linked to similar attacks have also been arrested.
Karuri added that investigation is still on-going in regard to detailed forensic examination of the scene of the attack.
He therefore requested for further thirty more days claiming that if they are released they will interfere with the investigations. They were remanded at various police stations within the country till June 4.