MOMBASA, Kenya, Feb 20 — Four suspected members of the Islamic State ISIS were on Monday arraigned before a Mombasa court on terrorism related charges.
They were not allowed to take plea until detectives complete their investigation.
The four: Nasra Faiz Hyder ,Salim Mohammed Rashid ,Aisha Faiz Hyder and Fatuma Mohammed were arraigned in Court and accused of being ISIS sympathisers.
In an application filed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, two of the four accused suspects were arrested en-route to Syria where they were allegedly going to join the ISIS terrorist group.
“They were intercepted at the border of Syria and Turkey by police and handed over to Kenyan Embassy in Turkey who facilitated their deportation,” read part of a sworn affidavit .
“The Syrian territory border is infiltrated by ISIS, and the two were travelling to join the movement.”
The four were remanded in police custody for 21 days after Shanzu Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache granted police more days to complete the investigation.
While making her ruling, Mochache said the investigation was complex and hence police require more time to continue detaining the suspects.
Mochache said detectives need more time to extract data from mobile phones, and laptops seized from the suspects to assist in the investigation. They were arrested on Saturday in major operation by anti-terrorism police officers .
“The offence of terrorism is like a chain link or web, it takes time to investigate each and every chain. The court hereby grants investigation officer 21 days to investigate this case.” said Mochache
Police say they have launched investigation with a view of arresting more suspects and averting any possible terrorist attacks by groups including ISIS.