11 detained over ‘money laundering, aiding terrorism’

Esther Nzuma

Eleven Pakistani nationals suspected of engaging in money laundering and financing terrorism in Kenya have been denied bond by a Mombasa court. The suspects were ordered to remain in custody for 10 days after police sought the order to allow them to carry out more investigations into their activities.

They have been in police custody since Tuesday, when they first appeared in court. They were arrested in Mombasa after an intelligence report stated that they were using importation of rice from Pakistan as a conduit for money laundering and financing terrorism activities.

However, one of the suspects told Senior Resident Magistrate Janet Kassam that he has been unwell and the magistrate should order that he be taken to hospital. Their lawyer Pascal Nabwana urged Kassam to allow his clients be transferred to a better and clean cell to avoid contracting diseases.

“I plead that two of my clients be taken to hospital for treatment and transferred from Central Police Station to Port Police Station as it is spacious, clean and has free circulation of air,” he said.

The magistrate allowed two of the accused Kumar Haresh and Kumar Sunir be taken to hospital for medical care. Their case will be mentioned on January 19.

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