Eldoret court jails man for 15 years for being an al-Shabaab member

An Eldoret court has sentenced a man to 15 years in jail for being a member of terror group al-Shabaab. Ramadhan Adam Athman was arrested by Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) officers in 2016 who found him with photos and videos of activities of the group responsible for terror attacks in Somalia and Kenya.

Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa while delivering the verdict of Friday, February 1, said the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the suspect was guilty of the outlawed group. “The prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that you have been a member of the outlawed terror group and the court hereby sentences you to serve 15 years in jail,” ruled Obulutsa.

Athman had been arrested for being in possession of a mobile phone with video images including thumbnail data articles for use in terrorism activities.

According to the charge sheet, Athman was found in possession of a mobile phone fitted with a micro sim card with videos and images of terrorism activities and bhang in Kipkaren area, Eldoret on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

The investigating officer told the court the material was bound to be used in the execution of terrorism activities in the country. Athman who faced three counts including being a member of the al-Shabaab had denied all the charges.

Source: tuko


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