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Police in Kwale detain man on claims of terrorism links

By Tobias Chanji | August 8th 2016

A man has been detained over alleged terrorism links.

Iddi Osundwa was arrested in Golini village of on Thursday last week and presented to court on Friday, but was not charged.

Instead, investigating officer Stephen Muli through a sworn affidavit asked for five days to complete investigations, a request that was granted by Principal Magistrate Cosmas Maundu.

"The suspect did not have any identification documents when he was arrested by police officers, and so, we want to hand him to anti-terrorist officers to do a thorough investigation on his case," Mr Muli told the court.

Muli added that he had a directive from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions not to place any charge against the suspect before investigations are complete.

"The office of the DPP has advised that we investigate the suspect for five days before we charge him," he said.

He added: "We also ask the court to allow the suspect to be detained at Kwale Police Station as he is being interrogated."

Mr Osundwa did not oppose being detained for five days. "I have no problem with the application by the investigating officer," said the suspect.

The case will be mentioned on Wednesday.

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