Why MP’s daughter and her boyfriend were arrested on Thursday, May 25

Erishina Sabiri Mong’are, the daughter of North Mugirango Member of Parliament (MP) Charles Mong’are, was on Friday, May 26, arraigned on terrorism-related charges.

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Erishina and her boyfriend, Ahmned Salim Lali, did not plead to any charges after the prosecution asked the court to remand them for five days.

The defense was, however, opposed to having the young couple detained for five days pending investigations.

The court heard that the MP is behind the arrest of the two.

Lawyer Hassan Nandwa said that the Anti-terror Police Unit (ATPU) wants to charge the couple after the father of the lady moved to ATPU to instill discipline in his daughter and her boyfriend.

“This is a case of two youths who opted to cohabit without the blessings of their parent, “said Nandwa.

Nandwa asked the court to dismiss the application, saying that it is based on mere speculation.

The court heard that the suspects are in love and the investigating officer has concealed the relevant information.

According to the investigating officer, Sergeant Gitiye Ibaya, the two were arrested separately on May 25 at South C and Nairobi’s Kenyatta Avenue.

Ibaya argues that the two love birds have been in constant communication with known terror suspects wanted by the police.

The prosecution further claims that there’s need for them to travel to Mombasa and Kwale to County to carry out the said investigations.

“The respondents’ phones have been submitted to ATPU ICT LAB for analysis and the investigating officers need to contact telecom service provider, Safaricom, in order to obtain their call data records,” argued Ibaya.

The court was told that Ahmned Salim Lali, 24, had secured a room at Heela Hotel in South C Nairobi, where he was staying with the MP’s daughter since May 18, 2017 until Thursday, May 25, when they were arrested.

“That the respondents are now in custody for the offence of engaging in terrorism activities that is recruiting of youth to join terrorist group Al-Shabaab,” the court heard.

The two are alleged to be planning to travel to Tanzania before the end May, hence they had obtained temporary movement passports. The two’s sources of funds are yet to be established.

Allegation that the defense objected, saying that the money Ksh450, 000 used by the two to have their honeymoon was obtained from his father.

Meanwhile, the two will be remanded at the Muthaiga Police Station till Monday, May 29.

North Mugirango MP, Charles Mong’are, has been summoned to appear in court on Monday, May 29, in the case in which his daughter has been charged with terrorism-related activities.

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