Makueni Intern doctor jailed for 12 years over terrorism

Mohamed Abdi Ali also known as Abu Ramzi, has been handed a jail term of 12 years by the Chief Magistrate’s Court Milimani for terrorism. Abu Ramzi, who has been in custody for eight years since his arrest in 2016 on terrorism-related charges, was found guilty on five out of eight counts brought against him.

Abu Ramzi, a former intern medic at Makueni Level 4 Hospital in Wote, Makueni County, was arrested after completing his studies at a university in Kampala, Uganda. The charges against him included being a member of a terrorist group, recruiting members for a terrorist group, and possessing materials linked to terrorism.

During the trial, 25 witnesses testified, including Uganda’s Counter-Terrorism detectives, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents, and Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police detectives.

Abu Ramzi was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for each of the five counts, to run concurrently starting from his arrest in April 2016.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) praised the investigators for their diligent work, which led to Abu Ramzi’s arrest, preventing a potential biological weapon attack he was reportedly planning. The hope is that the correctional officers will assist him in rehabilitation during his sentence.

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