, MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 11 – Eleven Pakistani nationals arrested following a raid in Kizingo area, Mombasa will be detained for three days pending a ruling whether to give police 10 days to complete investigations.
This after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions requested the extension of the suspects’ detention as the police investigate their links with terrorism.
The prosecution led by assistant DPP Yamina Jami said the police are probing any links of their businesses used in funding of terror activities.
He told Principal Magistrate Janet Kassam that the suspects were arrested after an intelligence report of their unlawful presence in the country.
Jami said if the suspects are released, there was a possibility of them interfering with investigations.
“We are seeking more days to investigate the suspects whom we suspects could be engaging in illegal activities in the country. We need time to verify and authenticate the passports.”
Mombasa Police Commandant Johnstone Ipara said the detectives are investigating if the foreigners are engaging in money laundering and drug trafficking.
“We are still interrogating the suspects, we suspect they are illegally in Kenya and carrying out commercial activities without permits,” he said.
Police suspect that the proceeds of their business could be funding terrorism activities in Pakistan.