, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 – The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has been allowed to hold a driver assigned to two Cuban doctors who were last week abducted in Mandera for a period of 15 days to complete their investigations.
Senior Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe granted the application by the prosecution after the suspect, Issack Ibrein Robow, was arraigned.
The suspect was arrested on Friday last week at Mandera Town and flown to Nairobi on Sunday.
The investigating team requires more time to ascertain several details from his mobile phone and subject the same to forensic analysis before deciding to prefer charges.
The two foreign doctors, Assel Herrera Corea, a general physician and Landy Rodríguez Hernández a surgeon, were being driven by the suspect to Mandera Referral Hospital using a government vehicle, according to police investigations.
The prosecution told the court that police want to establish the motive of kidnapping the two doctors.
“The suspect is being interviewed and his phone has been subjected to data analysis to establish whom he has been talking to both in Kenya and outside the country,” the court heard.
The investigations will seek to establish whether the suspect committed an offence of conspiracy to commit terrorism contrary to section 23(2) of the prevention of terrorism law which attracts a sentence of 20 years.