, MOMBASA, Kenya Oct 18 – Nominated MP Sheikh Mohammed Dor appeared before a Mombasa court on Thursday, where he faced incitement to violence charges.
Dor who was arrested in Nairobi on Wednesday was taken to Mombasa where he spent the night at port police station.
He denied the charges before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Steven Riech who released him on Sh2 million bond, and a surety of the same amount.
A charge sheet read before him stated that on October 13, at Tononoka grounds in Mombasa, he uttered words to the effect that he was ready to finance activities of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC).
The case will be heard on November 13.
Sheikh Dor was picked up by Flying Squad officers in Nairobi on Wednesday afternoon and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters where he was held briefly before being moved to the Nairobi CID offices.
He was then moved to Nairobi.
Police have been investigating the MP since Saturday when he castigated the government for carrying out a crackdown against MRC members, even after the courts thwarted the government’s attempt at outlawing the group.
He also said he was ready to fund the group’s activities “because there is nothing wrong to fund a legal organisation.”
At the weekend, Criminal Investigation Department Director Ndegwa Muhoro told Capital FM News that four businessmen and three legislators were under investigation for involvement in MRC activities.
“You will soon see them in court… we have been compiling evidence against these leaders and businessmen,” he said.
Muslim leaders who addressed a press conference at the Jamia Mosque on Wednesday afternoon condemning Dor’s arrest, and accused police of mishandling him.
The chairman of the Council of Imams and preachers of Kenya Abdullahi Abdi protested that Dor was arrested like a criminal.
“The government of Kenya must understand that you cannot mistreat citizens for generations, refuse to listen to grievance and fail to address historical injustices and ignore court directives,” the Muslim leaders said.
They said; “Sheikh Dor was mistreated in the street of Nairobi like a most wanted criminal.”