NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 30 – A terror suspect was on Friday sentenced to 20 years in jail after he was found guilty of being an Al Shabaab member.
Abdirazak Muktar, 24 who was arrested in the Maasai Mara Game reserve in 2014 was found in possession of various terror-related items- including pictures and videos of the late Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and Samantha Louise Lewthwaite. He also had pictures of the Westgate Mall attack.
“By his conduct he was a member of a terrorist group, ” trial Magistrate Joyce Ngandani ruled while sentencing the accused.
In the video that was in his possession, the accused who is a father of one urges Muslims to join the Al Shabaab group.
He was also found in possession of materials linked to terrorism and giving support to terror groups, according to the prosecution during the trial period -in which the magistrate said was sufficiently proved to send him to jail.
While passing the sentence, the magistrate noted that “terrorism activities have cost Kenyans lives and economic status” and thus supports the government in fighting terrorism by sending him to jail to “serve as an example to other youths who might be considering joining such groups.”
The prosecution said the accused had been operating a car hire business in Mandera where eight grenades among other terror-related materials were seized.
He was also accused of committing terror activities in Mandera and at a mosque in Mombasa.