In Summary
  • They appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo and denied all the seven counts that the prosecution had preferred against them.
  • The 70, with others not before court, allegedly committed the offenses on February 2, 2014 at Masjid Musa.

At least 70 men who were arrested two weeks ago during riots at Masjid Musa in Mombasa were Wednesday charged with being members of al-Shabaab among other terror related counts.

They appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo and denied all the seven counts that the prosecution had preferred against them.

The 70, with others not before court, allegedly committed the offenses on February 2, 2014 at Masjid Musa.

In the first count, the prosecution alleged that being members of the al-Shabaab, the 70 men assembled at Masjid Musa in Mombasa County for the purposes of furthering acts of terrorism.

In the second count, they denied being found with two flags bearing drawings of AK 47 rifles, assorted compact discs with materials of war meant to instigate commission of a terrorism act contrary to the Prevention of Terrorism Act No. 30 of 2012.

The third count only targeted Mr Sulemain Sheikh Ali who denied inciting groups of persons to carry out a terrorism act.

In the fourth count, all suspects denied committing robbery with violence with others not before court.

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