A Court in Mandera has jailed a Somali Al shabaab milita spy Abdirahman Abdi Takow for 30 years for illegally entering the Country.
Takow, a Somalia national and a suspected Al shabaab informer was arrested on September 2017 after sneaking into the Country.
He was charged with impersonating a prisons officer to gain access to the Mandera prison, unlawfully in Kenya and for being a spy.
Takow is said to have been sending intelligence information to Al Shabaab on targets and Kenya security movement.
In his ruling, Mandera Senior resident Magistrate Peter Areri argued that it was evident Abdi Takow entered the Country illegally and was unlawfully collecting intelligence information for the Al shabaab militia.
“The evidence adduced is overwhelming against the accused person who has not given any justifiable reason why he came all the way from Mogadishu and entered the Mandera GK prison.” Areri said.
He dismissed the defendant plea for leniency saying his submissions that he was a refugee who had fled Mogadishu due to war were untrue.
Takow had denied the charges saying he had no association with Al shabaab claiming that he was actually a mechanic who had come to Kenya to seek asylum.
He was however at pain to explain what he was doing at Mandera GK prison, with the Magistrate clear that “the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was collecting information to facilitate a terrorist attack. I find him guilty as charged and sentence him to 30 years imprisonment.”
Takow was arrested on 14th of September by officers manning the a watch tower at the Prison, after he entered the prison using an entrance set aside for construction workers.
Police have lauded locals in Mandera for their support in the fight against terrorism and called on them to enhance surveillance in the County.