Freedom Airline pilot charged after being arrested by anti-terror police

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A Freedom Airline pilot suspected to be involved in terror activities after it was allegedly discovered that he used fake documents to enroll in a flying school has been charged before a Nairobi court.

Ahmad Nassir Dirie Olow is accused of forging a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) certificate which he is alleged to have used to train as a pilot at Ninety Nine airline club located at Wilson Airport. 

Olow is also charged with uttering the forged KCSE certificate to Lt Col (retired) Amin D. Ali, the head of training at Ninety Nines flying school, purporting it to be genuine and issued by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).

The accused was further of obtaining registration as a Kenyan citizen in 2016, thereby was issued with a national identity card by way for false presentation.

He was arrested and arraigned in court after detectives from the Anti-Terror Unit received intelligence on an Aviation threat.  

The accused is further alleged to have presented the same documents to ATPU officers in January this year, yet he knew that they were fake.  

Olow claimed to have obtained the certificate from Wajir High School in 2007. He said he scored a mean score of B plus but when asked, KNEC denied the school registration code indicated in his certificate while the school principal, Adan Farah disowned him saying there was no such student in the school in 2007. 

He denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku and was directed to deposit a cash bail of Sh 50,000 plus two sureties or a bond of Sh160,000 to secure his release.

The case will be mentioned on 8th February for purposes of fixing a hearing date.