Could Saudi Prince’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive be an ISIS re­cruiter?

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

A busi­ness­man who has been han­dling the Sh21 bil­lion 100,000-acre agri­cul­tural pro­ject in Galana for a Saudi prince is now fac­ing ter­ror charges af­ter be­ing ac­cused of re­cruit­ing Kenyan youth for ISIS.

Has­san Babakar Os­man, Prince Sultan Bin Nasser Bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud’s lo­cal agent, is be­ing held at Muthaiga po­lice sta­tion on the or­ders of Mil­i­mani mag­is­trate He­len Onkwani.

Although he has not been for­mally charged in court, po­lice were al­lowed to hold him for 14 days while they in­ves­ti­gate. This comes days be­fore a crim­i­nal case against his busi­ness part­ners was sched­uled to be heard.

Abubakar’s lawyer Cliff Om­beta yes­ter­day said his client is be­ing held on friv­o­lous charges in­sti­gated by peo­ple who want to take over his busi­ness.

He said se­nior Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer Abra­ham Mwaura has con­firmed that the So­ma­lia pass­port Abubakar holds is gen­uine and has been ver­i­fied by the So­ma­lia govern­ment.

Om­beta said he has re­ceived deaths threats from peo­ple who have warned him to keep off the case.

Abubakar has been ar­rested twice at JKIA in July and Malindi in March af­ter po­lice were tipped he was trav­el­ling on a fake So­ma­lia pass­port. But on both oc­ca­sions, the Im­mi­gra­tion of­fice has con­firmed from the So­ma­lia govern­ment that the doc­u­ment is gen­uine.

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