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3 Eritrean women charged with being in Kenya illegally.

class="font-size--16Three Eritreans arrested in Isiolo County on Tuesday will be taken to Nairobi for a refugee agency to determine if they qualify for asylum. class="font-size--16A court issued the order on Friday following the arrest of the three at Serolipi along the Moyale-Isiolo highway.

class="font-size--16The Eritreans - three women in their mid-20s - were charged with being in the country without valid documents. class="font-size--16 MsoNormalThe foreigners pleaded guilty before Chief Magistrate Samuel Mungai, telling the court they were on their way to Uganda where their parents live.

class="font-size--16 MsoNormalMagistrate Mungai ordered that they be remanded at Isiolo Police Station as arrangements for their trip to Nairobi are made. class="font-size--16 MsoNormal"I direct that the three be escorted to refugee offices in Nairobi to determine whether they qualify to be refugees in Kenya," he said.

class="font-size--16 MsoNormalMr Mohammud Mohamed Adan, who was arrested for ferrying the women, was also arraigned but police sought 10 days to conclude investigations. class="font-size--16Police officers manning a roadblock on the highway made the arrests and in the process seized 107 stones of bhang, wrapped in black polythene bags, with an estimated value of Sh270,000. class="font-size--16 MsoNormalThey also confiscated two kilograms of suspected gemstones but have not yet established its market value.

class="font-size--16 MsoNormalInvestigating officer Fredrick Ouma further told the court that Mr Adan was found with mobile phones, which were sent to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit experts for analysis. class="font-size--16 MsoNormalCALL RECORDS class="font-size--16 MsoNormalThe officer also told the court that they needed to analyse call data records to establish if the suspect had connections to a terror group.

class="font-size--16 MsoNormalThe magistrate directed that Mr Mohamed be held at the same police station to allow police to finish the probe and prefer charges. class="font-size--16 MsoNormalThe driver's case will be mentioned on June 17 and that of the foreigners on June 20.

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Publication:Daily Nation, Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)
Geographic Code:6KENY
Date:Jun 7, 2019
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