Somalia’s National Intelligence Agency has announced the arrest of a Kenyan businessman suspected of supplying arms to Somali terrorists.
However, the trader’s family, Zakariya Kamala Sufi Abashiekh, aka Sakaria Kamal, claims he was arrested on September 5 in Mombasa.
Human rights organizations have released a CCTV video that purports to show the man being arrested in Mombasa CBD on the specified date.
Abashiekh is accused of assisting in the shipment of military equipment from China to Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
He was arrested for the first time on April 28 at Mama Ngina Water Front in Mombasa. In May, he was charged and released on Sh1 million bail.
The state claimed in an affidavit submitted to the Shanzu court that the businessman purchased military equipment from China on behalf of al-Shabaab and facilitated its transport to Somalia.
Five advanced JS crop drones capable of carrying 10 litres of liquid up to 500 meters above sea level and covering an area of 10 hectares were seized at Mogadishu port.
Rifle scopes, military uniform materials, canvas for tents, night vision goggles, swim goggles, voice recording pens, spy goggles and watches, military-grade two-way radios, helmets, ghillie suits (camouflage), portable solar panels, flashlights, and batteries were also discovered