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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 EXTREMISM | Somalis were found in possession of two kilogrammes of explosives Four suspects deny terror charges F Group accused of being behind attack on airport restaurant BY PAUL OGEMBA @PaulOgemba firstname.lastname@example.org our suspects, among them an employee of the Somali embassy, were yesterday charged with committing and planning terror attacks in Kenya. The first count against Mr Hassan Abdi Mohamud, Mr Mohammed Osman Ali, Mr Ilyas Yusuf Warsame and Mr Garad Hassan Fer, all from Somalia, was that of commissioning a terrorist attack at Java Restaurant at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on January 16. In the second charge, the four were accused of being in possession of explosives — two kilogrammes of Trinitrotoluene (TNT) — on January 16 at Shauri Moyo shopping centre in Nairobi. They faced other charges of being unlawfully in Kenya and obtaining Kenyan identification cards by presenting false information to registration bureaus in Isiolo, Wajir and Garissa between 2004 and 2011. The suspects denied all the charges and their application to be released on bond was opposed by the prosecution on grounds that they were dangerous and if let free could carry out more terror activities in the country. Aga Khan Hospital bags top award BY NATION REPORTER The Aga Khan University’s ultrasound department has been granted “centre of excellence” status by the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. The hospital becomes a regional centre for training sonographers to standards approved by the world body. The award was received by Dr Sudhir Vinayak, the chairman of radiology at Aga Khan University Hospital and the chairman of the Kenya Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology on behalf of the Hospital. Highest level of quality This was during an international conference hosted at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Dr Hassen Gharbi, the president of the ultrasound world federation, said the certification was only given to ultrasound hospitals that regularly meet the highest level of quality in clinical service. Ms Asmita Gilani, the hospital’s chief executive said: “It speaks volumes of the efforts Aga Khan University Hospital has made to become a centre of excellence in this region. This award is the icing on the cake.” Ultrasound is a commonly used radiation-free diagnostic medical imaging technique in obstetrics, gynaecology and cardiology. PAUL WAWERU | NATION From left: Mr Garad Hassan Fer, Mr Ilyas Yusuf Warsame, Mr Mohammed Osman Ali and Mr Hassan Abdi Mohamud in a Nairobi court yesterday where they faced terror charges. Prosecutor Fridah Mwanza ar- gued that the accused have of no fixed abode in Kenya and were likely to flee to Somalia where they would never be traced to face justice. “The accused have been in Kenya using forged documents and the investigations officer has discovered they frequent Somalia where they are members of AlShabaab,” said Ms Mwanza. She supported her claims with an affidavit sworn by Mr Leonard Bwire, a police officer attached to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, who claimed that they had credible information that the explosion at Java Restaurant was planned and executed by the accused. According to Mr Bwire, the suspects led police officers to their homes in Eastleigh’s Ushirika Estate where police recovered an inventory of items. “Police recovered a very powerful military explosive The investigation officer has discovered they frequent Somalia where they are members of AlShabaab” Prosecutor Fridah Mwanza NHIF accused of bid to delay case BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A health provider alleg- edly involved in a Sh600 million scam has accused the national health insurer of delaying a case to avoid paying its dues. Meridian Medical Cen- tre claimed the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) was trying to clear its name through the media to avoid paying the money for provision of services. Meridian, which is represented by Murui and Mungai Advocates, claimed NHIF was trying to delay the case by refusing to comply with an order to file court documents at the required time. “NHIF has other re- lated matters in court, a judicial review case and a criminal proceeding. They have been defending themselves through the media,” the health provider said. A pre-trial for the case in which Meridian sued NHIF, seeking an outstanding payment of Sh696,658,653 was to start yesterday. However, the health in- surer said it was not ready for the pre-trial as it did not have witness statements. The fund requested for 30 more days to have the witness statements ready for the pre- trial. Meridian wanted it to be allowed up to Monday to comply. Lady Justice Jacqueline Kamau questioned both parties for seeking a pretrial date yet they were not prepared. She ordered NHIF and Meridian to provide a joint statement on what they wanted determined in seven days. NHIF was further ordered to provide the witness statements in two weeks. In the suit, Meridian ar- gues that the fund awarded it the tender to provide primary health care services to civil servants and members of the disciplined services after carrying out a pilot study. Meridian and Thika Road Health Services Ltd were awarded the contract for a six-month pilot phase but signed a contract to roll out a nationwide scheme for a period of five years on December 3, 2008. The pre-trial will be held on February 18. 696m Amount in shillings Meridian claims the national health insurer owes it for provision of services from the suspects’ getaway car and residences and we have information that they still have unknown amount of explosives hidden in an undisclosed area and intended for terror attacks in the country.” But lawyer Chacha Mwita, for the accused, argued that Mr Warsame, who is an employee of the Somali embassy, would not abscond court if granted bail. Magistrate Doreen Mulyeko will make a ruling on the bail application on February 12. www.nation.co.ke/terrorismcase FOR VIDEO AND PICTURES GO TO: terrorismcase National News 5 Experts in bid to help set up ICC-like court BY NATION REPORTER Chief Justice Willy Mutunga will today open a conference in which stakeholders will chart the way forward for the formation of an International Crimes Division in the High Court. The division represents a serious step in Kenya’s domestic capacity to address international crimes and transnational crimes and is to serve as a deterrent against future crimes. The Naivasha meeting is ex- pected to attract representatives from the Judiciary, Director of Public Prosecutions office, the civil society, Law Society of Kenya and development partners. Evaluate details A statement from Dr Mutunga’s office said the conference aimed at sensitising participants on the findings and recommendations of the Judiciary Service Commission report on the establishment of the International Crimes Division and give participants an opportunity to evaluate the details and components integral to its proposed implementation. The meeting is also expected to achieve clarity on the state of responses to international and transnational crimes including proposals towards improving such responsibilities.
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