, MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 18 – Seven suspected members of Somalia’s Al-Shabaab network have been jailed for two years each after they admitted to being in Kenya illegally.
The Somali nationals were arraigned in court after they were arrested in Lamu District last month.
Ali Abdullah Mohamed aka Dobley, Sharmake Ahmed, Mahdhi Abdulle, Abdikarim Jelani, Mohamed Ali, Abdillah Mohamed Abdinoor and Baba Ahmed appeared before Principal Magistrate Richard Kirui on Wednesday.
The seven foreigners were charged with being in the country without a valid permit after they were arrested at Mvundeni village in Mkokoni area of Lamu.
The accused however denied five other charges of preparing to commit crimes after being found with firearms, incendiary materials and offensive weapons that included AK 47 rifles, five hundred and one rounds of 7.62mm bullets, 21 AK 47 magazines and a ladder.
The accused were also charged with being in possession of firearms contrary to section 89 of the penal code and also faced another charge of being in possession of firearms without valid certificates.
The hearing for the charges which they denied is set for February 2.