Six arraigned in Lamu court over chief’s murder

Six arraigned in Lamu court over chief’s murder

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Lamu, KENYA: Six people were on Monday charged at the Lamu law courts with the murder of Mbwajumwali chief Mohamed Shee.

Abdi Ali Mohamed, Bwanadi Omar, Idris Omar Bwanadi, Mustakim Mohamed Ali, Salim Mohamed Bakari and Abuyadh Athman Ali, have been charged with killing the administrator as he headed to work last Friday.

The six were arrested in Mbwajumwali in Lamu East Sub-County on June 11, 2016.

The court was also informed that Idris Omar Bwanadi, Mustakim Mohamed Ali and Salim Mohamed Bakari are currently being investigated by police on suspicions that they are in touch with the Al-Shabaab militia terror group.

The six however did not take plea as the investigating officer-IO Constable Noah Kiplagat requested the court to grant him 14 days to finalize investigations.

“Three among these suspects have been on our terror radar for quite some time now and that is why we ask that this honorable court grants us 14 days to work and finalize our investigations on this matter,” said Kiplagat.

Court Prosecutor Japheth Isaboke stated that theirs was a capital offense and that releasing them on bond just a day after their arrest would jeopardize investigations.

The prosecution also said there were plans to bring in forensic experts from outside and that any release of the six before then should be restricted.

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Resident Magistrate David Ireri however directed that the six be held for a day at the Lamu police station as they await ruling on whether or not they shall be granted bond on Tuesday.