Terrorism

MPESA Agents Indicted Over Dusit Terror Attacks

Two M-Pesa agents accused of aiding and financing over Sh 34.7million during January 15 Dusit terror attack have been charged in a Nairobi court with the offence.

Unknown alias Hassan Abdi Noor and Abdinoor Maalim Ismail appeared before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot and denied several terrorism related charges.

However their third accused person accused person Adbiwahab Abdullahi Muhumed Hassan did not plead to the charges due to his alleged mental status.

Noor was separately accused that on diverse dated between December 4, 2018 and January 5, 2019 at unknown place, jointly with others before court being mobile money transfer service Mpesa till operator of till number 424066 allocated to Alasland Agencies ltd by Safaricom limited aided and abetted the commission of a terrorist act at the Dusit complex hotel on January 15 and 16 tgis year by providing finances to fund the said attack.

Noor was further charge that is also accused on the same date and place knowingly received and transmitted Sh 34,756,550 through diamond trust bank limited Eastleigh branch to unidentified person with intention to commit a terrorist act at Dusit Hotel complex.

Hassan Abdi Noor , Abdinoor Maalim and Adbiwahab Abdullahi Muhumed Hassan before court

His co-accused, Maalim was charged that on or before January15 this year at unknown place jointly with others not before court, being the mobile money transfer service till operator of till number 369024 allocated to SEATECH Limited by Safaricom, aided and abetted the commission of a terrorist act by providing finances to fund the said attack.

He is further facing a charge of financial promotion of an an offence of proceeds of crime and anti money-laundering.

The third accused person, Adbiwahab Abdullahi Muhumed Hassan who did not plead to the charges due to his alleged mental status is accuses that on or before January 9, 2012 having reasonable grounds to believe that the provision of parcel services to Ali Salim Gichunge, alias Farouk Daud (Deceased) shall be used for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a terrorist act provided the said parcel to him.

The magistrate ordered the accused persons to be arraigned in court on Thursday next week for bail application.

Prosecution was further ordered to table in court on the same date a mental report of the third suspect.


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