A police officer was arrested by authorities drawn from the Malindi Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) over alleged links to the terror group, al Shabaab.
According to an OB report obtained by Kenyans.co.ke on Saturday, the officer had been detained by the ATPU officers who were investigating the cop over allegations of recruiting youth to al Shabaab.
Following successful investigations, the police believe that the officer was not only a recruiter but a member of the terror group.
It was alleged that the constable targeted youth from Tana River County with reports alleging that a high number of youth had been reported missing by their families.
Al Shabaab militia during a past drill.
The cop was presented at the Shanzu Law Courts where he was also charged with being in possession of narcotic drugs.
“He was arrested by ATPU officers from Malindi on November 22 and has been held at Malindi Police Station under investigation for the last 28 days,”
“On December 21, he was formally charged. The officer was presented before the Senior Principal Magistrate’s Court, Shanzu in Mombasa, where he was charged with four counts including incitement of violence,” the OB report read in part.
The officer pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being detained at the Shimo La Tewa Prison.
Following the officer’s application for a bond, the court directed to have the application determined on December 27 after the Christmas festivities.
Meanwhile, detectives are expected to continue with analysis of two mobile phones that were confiscated from the officer.
It is believed that the officer may have been in communication with other terror leaders through mobile phones.
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