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Court Allows Detention Of Chinese Professionals Over Terror Links

Anti-Terror Police  Unit has filed an  application at the Milimani Law Courts seeking  to detain four Chinese  nationals  suspected for killing a fellow Chinese for further 20  days as they finalise the investigations.

The four suspects identified as Fu Xiuhong, Liu Jie,Huang Zhipeng,Wang, Wang Minghaz were arrested  by the Anti-Terror  Police Unit  in Mandera in connection with  the murder of fellow  Chinese national  identified  as Zohu Yung  in  Tolossa Legesse Hotel in Addis  Ababa and caused him extreme bodily  harm.

During the time of the arrest the two had no identification documents and were unable to speak the language that can be understood.

In the prayers  filed  by the ATPU, further  detention  was necessary  as the link with the multi- agency investigative  team in Ethiopia  and China to establish  if the  suspects  had previous terror related  crimes.

In addition to the application, the prosecution also seeks to deliberate whether they should charge the four for being in the country illegally prior to extractions.

“Based on the investigations being conducted by the multi-agency team in Ethiopia and China, there are links followed to establish whether the respondents have terror links in Ethiopia and China. We are also in deliberations on whether the four should be charged for being in the country illegally,” reads the document.

The applicants also noted that they have raised an alarm with the ATPU in Lamu, Moyale, Garissa, Mandera, Elwak and Daadab.

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“The extension of custodial detention will give our team time to hunt down an accomplice at large who is believed to be hiding in North Eastern region of Kenya.”

The Senior  Principal Magistrate  Bernard  Ochoi okayed  the prayer  by the ATPU  for further  detention  of the  suspects

The suspects  through their interpreter  surprised the court  after they complained  of the food being served  in the custody and pleaded  with court if they can sell the ‘expensive’  wrist watches to buy their  preferred  food, a plea that  Hon. Bernad Ochoi slammed.

“We don’t like the food we are being served, we sell our watches to buy better foods,” they had requested through an interpreter.  

By Rodgers Oduor