Kenyans who handled Sh100 million used to carry out Dusit attack
Seven people have been accused of being financiers of terrorism just a week after the DusitD2 business complex was attacked by Al-Shabaab militants.
Hassan Abdi Nur, Ismael Sadiq Abitham, Ali Khamisi Ali, Abdinoor Maalima Osmail, Abdullahi Muhumed Hassan and Sophia Njoki Mbogo were arraigned before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku.
Nur who allegedly operates an M-Pesa business was accused of registering 47 accounts in October last year. This number was out of 52 accounts he registered in the last three months of 2018.
Anti-terror police unit aid that the 47 accounts were registered using two handsets located in Eastleigh but with different identity cards and names.
Detectives further allegedly that Nur received huge amounts of money from South Africa, which would be withdrawn through a specific till number at Diamond Trust Bank before being sent to Somalia.
The second suspect, Abitham, is said to have been in constant communication with Ali Salim Gichunge, the mastermind behind the DusitD2 attack and his wife Violet Omwoyo Kemunto.
Abitham was accused of being involved in money laundering and transacting funds believed to have been used in terrorism.
Ali, the third suspect, who works as a marketing manager with Horizon TV is believed to have been in communication with several contacts in Somalia who are suspected members of Al-Shabaab.
Osmail, the fourth suspect, was a graduate of the Kenya School of Law and is undergoing his pupilage.
Police believe Osmail registered several mobile phone numbers which were used to receive money for terrorism. In the last few months, he allegedly received Sh100 million.
Mbogo, who is the sixth suspect, is a branch manager at DTB Eastleigh branch and police accused her of allowing huge sums of monies to be cashed within a very short period of time without demanding evidence.