Terror case facing Ibrahim Mafudh continues as witnesses testify

Terror case facing Ibrahim Mafudh continues as witnesses testify

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Mombasa, KENYA: A terrorist case facing Ibrahim Mafudh Ashur continued on Thursday in Mombasa court after it was adjourned on Wednesday.

Mombasa Principal Magistrate Francis Kyambia adjourned the matter following application from the defense council Jerald Magolo who said he had not been served with the witness statements and evidence to be used in court.

Ibrahim Mafudh Mafudh Ashur is alleged to be in possession of recorded, CD which contained extremist preaching by the late Sheikh Aboud Rogo.

He is also accused of possessing an external hard drive containing materials and information alleged to be useful to a person preparing to commit a serious crime.

One witness testified against the accused person and cross examined by the the defense council Mr. Jerald Magolo.

Mark Ndune a criminal investigation officer told court that they got information from the informer who suspected the accused to be a terrorist.

‘” An informer gave me the name of the suspect and his description before we proceeded to his place of work,” Ndune told court.

They went to the house of the accused person and recovered 12 safaricom sim cards, two mobile phones Sunday newspaper dated 1st January 2012,a hard disk and a Muslim magazine.

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Mr. Magolo asked the witness to tell court how the items recovered were related to the offence but declined and said that he was neither an expert nor an investigative officer.

“Can you prove the house belonged to the accused” Mr. Magolo asked witness.

He responded that the owner of the house was the accused person’s father but the room which they searched belonged to the accused.

Magolo later on made an oral application asking court to release his client on bail, application was opposed by the state council Mr. Peter Kiprop insisting that they are still going on with investigations.

Magistrate Kyambia will on 24th  June rule whether the accused will be given bond or detained.

The accused is alleged to commit the offence on 5th February at Silver Sands area within Malindi in Kilifi County.

The two remaining witnesses are set to testify on 1st July before prosecution closes case.

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