Renowned Ngomeni businessman in court on terrorism allegations

The Anti-Terrorist Police Unit in Malindi made an application in court Tuesday to hold a prominent Ngomeni businessman and philanthropist Omar Msham Ismael for 14 more days in order to wind up investigations on alleged terrorist activities.

The police arrested Msham at his Ngomeni home on Friday last week and are seeking to establish his links with Somalia-based terror group Alshabaab after discovering several photocopies of national identity cards in his possession.

He is accused of being a member of a terrorist group contrary to the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2012, trafficking in person contrary to the Counter Human Trafficking Act, and soliciting support for the commission of a terrorist act.

He is also being investigated for allegedly facilitating the recruitment of members of a terrorist group and operating a non -governmental organization without registration and certificate contrary to the NGO coordination act of 1990.

Chief Inspector Nicholas Waringa of ATPU Malindi told Malindi Resident Magistrate Olga Onalo that if released, the suspect might interfere with investigations adding that he was also influential.

However, his advocate Abubakar Yusuf pinned down CI Waringa challenging him to state the preferred charges before seeking to hold the suspect for more days.
“For an application like this to succeed there must be a holding charge and none has been brought to this court. It is clear the police want to use the Terrorism Prevention Act 2012 to deny my client his rights,” he told the court.

Msham told the court that he had volunteered to assist the police with investigations.
“When they were interrogating me I told them that I help the community by educating children and feeding them and they asked where I get the money from,” he said, adding that some people were not happy with his philanthropic ways and were out to use the police to fight him.

Ms. Onalo said that she will rule on the matter on Friday, 21 October 2022.


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