4 ‘Jihadi Brides’ previously arrested for being members of al Qaeda affiliates in East Africa; Al Shabaab were on Thursday December 10th charged with extra charge of conspiracy to commit a terrorism act.
The four women had been charged with being members of a terrorism organization which were expedited to conspiring to commit an act of terrorism on Kenyan soil.
Halima Ali, Khadija Abdulkadir, Mariam Aboud and Ummulkhayr Abdula were arraigned in a Mombasa County court with additional charges of conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism on Kenyan soil alongside previous charges of being members of Al Shabaab a designated terrorist outfit.
The four didn’t plead to the charges that involved colluding with foreigners to carry out terrorist acts in Kenya, and arranging meeting aimed at supporting terrorist and their activities.
Kenya Director of Public Prosecutor’s office said that according to new cyber intelligence the women have contacts in Canada, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, UAE, Turkey, UK and the US. The contacts were used to recruit for the al Shabaab abroad according to information recovered from a laptop in their possession.
The four women dubbed jihadi brides are among al Shabaab domestic linkages that the militants use to recruit both men and women to serve in the jihadi war as well as coordinating with al Shabaab sympathizers in Kenya.
Kenya has put up stringent judicial measures to ensure that suspects arrested stand fair trial and at the same time ensuring that they are not allowed back in the society in the event they are found guilty to advance their violent extremist agenda.
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