, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7 – Three Sudanese nationals accused of robbery and kidnapping foreigners in Nairobi have been charged.
Ahmed Ismail Alduma Adam, Mohamed Elmutasim Ahmed and Haisam Ahmed Elmkashfi appeared before Kibera Principal Magistrate Lucas Onyina where they denied three counts of robbery, trafficking of persons and being in Kenya illegally.
He directed that they be remanded at the Kilimani Police Station until Monday to allow police conclude investigations.
“I order that the suspects remain in custody pending investigations upon which they will appear in court on Monday,” Onyina ruled.
The lead suspect, Elmkashfi who is accused of being the mastermind of the kidnappings was arrested on Wednesday.
The three are accused of robbing Mohamed Elshassan, a prominent businessman from Sudan on diverse dates between November 20 and December 6 last year, while armed a pistol and a pair of handcuffs.
They used to reside at Sky View Park apartment in Nairobi’s Kilimani area.
They also had fake documents indicating they were members of the International Police (Interpol) Task Force which they used to lure the foreigners.
Kilimani Police boss Peter Katam has since urged Kenyans and foreigners who may have fallen victim to them to report the cases.
“We have made the arrest of the most wanted criminal who was masterminding robberies particularly involving foreign nationalities,” he said.
Victims would oblige upon production of the fake documents.
“They have handcuffs; they are armed. No wonder they purport to be members of Interpol,” he said.
Police believe the gang is widely networked and could be working with other people from the countries where the victims come from and also some Kenyans.
Investigations have been launched targeting their “agents.”