Slain Dusit Attacker’s Mother Set To Stay In Jail After Prosecution Opposes Her Release

by Mahakamani News

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has vehemently opposed the release of the mother of slain Dusit attacker Ali Salim Gichunge on bail.

This is after she was charged with failure to disclose information related to terrorism related charges over last month’s Dusit terror attack.

Sakina Mariam Abdalla who appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and denied the charge.

Mariam was charged that on diverse dates between 2015 to 2019 at Kula Mawe in Isiolo in breach of his son Ali Salim Gichunge information which was within her knowledge and information which would have have been used to prevent the commission of a terrorist act ‘Dusit Attack’ failed to disclose the information to police.

The prosecution through Eddie Kandebe while opposing bail application said that the accused is facing serious charge which attract heavy punishment if found guilty and she is highly likely to abscond from the jurisdiction of the court if released on bail

Prosecution also said after her arrest a search was conducted on her and a mobile phone recovered which has since been subjected for forensic examination and which confirmed through the call records that her number was in constant communications with several other phone numbers located in Somalia believed to be of his son.

The court was informed that she was arrested due to her possible involvement in aiding and abetting the terrorist attack that took place on diverse dates between January 15 and 16 of this year at Dusit Hotel complex Riverside in Nairobi.

They argued that the investigations are going on to establish the identity of the individuals who might have communicated to the Sakina and her son in relation to terrorist activities particularly the Dusit attack.

In the affidavit by Inspector Monica Githaiga , she says the accused person claims that she allegedly reported at Isiolo Police Station that her son Gichunge had gone missing in the year 2014 but the said report was verified not to have ever been made at the said police station by herself as alleged.

It is said that Investigators probed her allegations that the said Salim switched off his mobile phone on 2014 and only called her in 2016 informing her that he had gotten a scholarship in Mogadishu Somalia to study religious Islamic Education and that was the last time she heard of her son until the attack when she saw her son’s pictures circulating on the social media.

Marian has been in police cells for 30 days since she was arrested in connection with the last month’s terror attack.

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