FOCUS has shifted to Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) and one of its branch managers for alleged involvement in abetting the deadly terror Dusit 2 strike by allowing a suspect to withdraw colossal amounts of cash prior to the brazen attack…
Police say more KSh5 million was withdrawn in a day.
Hassan Nur made 13 withdrawals of KSh400,000 each within short intervals on January 4 2019, with an additional withdrawal of KSh100,000 the same day prior to the attack.
The transactions were done at DTB Eastleigh branch.
Branch manager Sophia Mbogo (in the picture above)has already been arrested and is cooling her heels at ATPU.
ATPU’s inspector Monicah Githaiga said Mbogo failed to report suspicious transactions after Nur withdrew the cash.
Mbogo is being held alongside five other suspects including lawyer Abdinoor Ismael, journalist Ismael Ambitham of Horizon TV and the TV’s marketing manager Ali Khamis.
Others are businessman Faisal Mohamed, who runs a parcel business. He is believed to have been contracted to deliver parcels to DusitD2 hotel and office complex by lead attacker Ali Gichunge.
All the suspects except Mbogo were in communication with the attackers involved in the Dusit attack and other contacts in Somalia.
In a replying affidavit, Mbogo said records likely to be sought by the prosecution have been stored by the bank and Safaricom Limited.
“I’m not in a position to interfere with investigations or evidence sought by the prosecution. I’m an innocent bystander in this criminal inquiry. I’m a law abiding citizen with no previous criminal conviction,” an affidavit states.
In abi to shrug of the tag, Mbogo said, based on an agreement between Safaricom and banks, Safaricom’s agents can approach any bank, and upon confirmation by the firm, the bank releases the float to the agents.
She said none of the five suspects holds an account with DTB.
Hassan Noul, Ismael Sadiq Abitham, Ali Khamis Ali, Abdinour Maalim Osmail, Abdullahi Muumed Hassan, Sophia Njoki Mbogo and Isaak Omar Mohamed are being investigated on the role played in the attack.