Muslim cleric to be held in custody over terror charges

Muslim cleric Sheikh Guyo Gorsa who was arrested in Marsabit Town over the weekend risks being held in custody for whole month to enable police conclude investigations.

In an application before Milimani Magistrate Martha Mutuku the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) argues that it needs more time to undertake detailed interviews with Sheikh Guyo Gorsa to find out his co- conspirators.

According to ATPU Guyo was arrested due to his influence with the Al Shabaab terror group, recruitment and radicalization of youths in Marsabit to undertake terror activities.

Sheikh Guyo who is said to have dropped out from Marsabit Boys School is believed to be a key Al Shabaab recruiter and facilitator in Marsabit County.

The Police claim that Sheikh Guyo has other associates who are vigorously being pursued by the security agencies both within and out of the country.

The Sheikh who is alleged to provide extremist Islamic teachings to youths aged between 14-20 years has however opposed the application saying the police have no basis to detain him for four weeks pending trial.

Magistrate Martha Mutuku will deliver her ruling on Tuesday afternoon.

Guyo is alleged to be deeply involved in terrorist activities both within and without the country and is said to have been in constant communication with key Al Shabaab operatives.

Marsabit County has caught the attention of the security agencies for the increased cases of radicalization and recruitment of the youths to join the infamous Al Shabaab terror group in Somalia with people involved in the heinous crime being well known to the residents.

However, this is now changing as Marsabit residents reported the individuals to the police who launched an investigation leading to the arrest of several suspects believed to have been radicalizing youth into violent extremism and fasciliating them to join the Al Shabaab group.


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