An Ethiopian terror suspect alleged to be involved in the attack of Deputy President William Ruto home will spend a fortnight in custody pending determination of his release on bond.
Ali Elema Wario was charged with being a member of a Al-shabaab in that he was found to be an accomplice of Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed, the slain attacker at Ruto’s home in Sugoi.
Wario was also charged with being unlawfully presllent in Kenya in that he did not have valid pass or permit.
He pleaded not guilty before to the terror charge and guilty to being unlawfully present in senior resident magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot.
The prosecution told the court that the accused was arrested on 10th August at Moyale in Marsabit county.
They objected to his release on bond on grounds that the accused is a foreigner and therefore a flight risk.
The court heard that at the time of arrest, Anti Terror Police Unit was acting on a report that there was a suspected Al-shabaab in the town.
When the accused was asked to produce his national ID, he claimed that he was an Ethiopian national and therefore did not have any ID.
The prosecution further said that the accused is an associate of terrorist in Kenya and he has been in communication with other people yet to be arrested. Therefore he is likely to interfere with investigations.
His requested that he be released on bond since the constitution provides that every accused person, even foreigners is entitled to be released on bond.
He told that his client went to Moyale in search of a job and even though he did not regularise his status as a foreigner to acquire a work permit, he pursued the said job for a period of two months.
Magistrate Cheruiyot will determine his release on bond tomorrow at 10.30am