Mombasa court detains terror suspect for 20 days


Mombasa, KENYA: A terror suspect arrested in a Mombasa hotel has been detained for 20 days to allow the police to complete investigations.

Maaraf Ali Omar appeared in court on Wednesday without being charged after anti terror police Gideon Wambua asked Mombasa senior resident magistrate Martin Rabera for more time to complete investigations.

In a sworn affidavit, Mr. Wambua wanted to establish if the suspect is a member of a terrorist group.

The suspect was arrested on Monday in Arizona palace hotel located in sparki area in Mombasa County by anti terror police, before he was booked at Makupa police station.

The police said that they recovered from the suspect a Yemen and a Kenyan passport bearing two different names but with same photograph, a birth certificate, a lap top and a mobile phone.

“I need more time because of the nature of the investigations and the areas I need to cover. I also need to take his mobile phone and laptop to Nairobi for analysis and get his call data records for forensic tests,” said Wambua.

Mr. Rabera directed the suspect to be detained at port police for 20 days.

The case will be mentioned on 20th June.