A SOMALI BUSINESSMAN TO SERVE 80 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SUPPORTING TERRORISM
A Somali businessman accused of giving support to terrorist has been jailed for a total of 80 years.
Abdi Rizzak Muktar Edow who was convicted on seven counts accused of giving support to terrorist has been jailed for a total of 80 years.Abdi
He will only serve the first sentence of 20 years for the offense of offering logistical and material support to terrorists.
For the rest of the six offenses he will serve 10 years for each count. The sentences shall be served concurrently.While sentencing the accused Milimani Law Courts senior principal magistrate Joyce Gandani said:
“Terrorism activities have left hundreds of Kenyans dead and scores injured besides causing damage to property running into billions of shillings.”
Ms. Gandani said all the 19 witnesses called by the prosecution linked Mr. Edow with terrorism activities including the organization of an outlawed meeting at the Masjid Musa Mosque in Mombasa, February 2014.
Mr. Edow who a Somali businessman faces various counts among them being a member of Al-Shabaab for which he was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
He was charged with providing his car for hire to a Shabaab linkman identified as Sheikh Hassan on May 3, a day before the vehicle was intercepted at a roadblock in Mandera.
The occupants of the car engaged police officers in a gunfight before they were killed. According to the prosecution, eight hand grenades were retrieved from the vehicle among other paraphernalia.
Mr. Edow, a Somali businessman who operates a car hire service was arrested on June 2 at the Masai Mara Game Reserve Narok.
He denied the charges linking him to the attack in Mandera the previous day.
The suspect was also charged with sending invitations, allegedly found on his cell phone, for a ‘radicalization’ meeting scheduled for February 2 at the Masjid Musa “to further the cause of a terror group.”
Although terror acts have reduced significantly in the country the security agencies have been very vigilant.