University student linked to ISIS detained for 10 days pending investigations

University student linked to ISIS detained for 10 days pending investigations

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Hassan Kassim Hassan at the Mombasa law courts during court proceedings. PHOTO: HILLARY MAKOKHA

Mombasa, KENYA: A Mombasa court has ordered a student at Moi university main campus Eldoret  be detained for 10 days pending investigations, after intelligence reports linked him to terror group ISIS.

Hassan Kassim Hassan was arrested on 31st October at his parent’s house in Kizingo area within Mombasa county; where he is reported to have been spending his long holiday.

In an affidavit filed in court on Tuesday by corporal Waqo Tache,  the suspect is believed to be in contact with ISIS members in Libya.

State prosecutor Eugene Wangila also told the court that intelligence reports showed  that the suspect was scheduled to travel to Libya over the long holiday.

Wangila urged  court to allow the  suspect  be detained for 15 days, so as to allow police carry out investigations before charging him.

He also said that the mobile phone and the laptop of the suspect were taken to a cyber crime unit and more time was needed to gather information from the gadgets.

The suspects lawyer Mohammed Fakii Khatib filed an affidavit opposing further detention of the suspect and requested the court to free him.

Hassan also indicated that he was arrested at 2:00 pm on allegation that he intended to travel to Libya to join ISIS.

He further said that  he was on holiday since 28th August and did not have any intention of travelling to Libya for any purpose, yet a lone to join ISIS.

He claimed that the police officers who arrested him, took away his telephone and laptop and insisted that he had not communicated with any person who is in Libya.

He urged the court to free him and if need be, he should be reporting  to police since he resides a few metres from urban police headquarters Mombasa.

In a  court ruling on Thursday, Mombasa principal magistrate Francis Kyambia ordered prosecution to carry out investigations within ten days and charge the suspect.

The case will be mentioned on 14th November 2016.