Police have been allowed to detain 17 terror suspects believed to be Al Shabaab sympathisers.
They include two Egyptians and Ethiopian arrested in the capital, Nairobi, days after Kenyan troops fighting terrorism in Somalia subdued an attack.
A magistrate granted ATPU 14 days to interrogate the suspects among them Madrasa teachers.
The court was told the suspects “have been in communication with known terrorist elements wanted by police.”
A prosecutor presented ATPU’s sworn affidavit linking some of the suspects to recruitment and offering membership to a terrorist group.”
Ethiopian Abdirizak Mohammed, a madrassa teacher was arrested alongside a Kenyan accomplice in a city suburb.
Lawyer Paddy Busolo opposed the request for detention saying among the suspects was a civil servant working for Refugee affairs while the rest were businessmen in Nairobi,Kenya. The lawyer said the suspects “have nothing to do with Al Shabaab.”
The prosecution said intel linked some of the suspects to meetings in and outside the country with known terrorist elements.
Egyptians Zeyai Zaghloal and Ahmed Elysayed are teachers at Fajr Primary School in a city estate.
The Ethiopian was idetified as Abdirizak Mohammed.