I am Al-Shabaab: A man causes laughter as he tells a Nairobi court of his activities
Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2012
The court and those in attendance did not expect any of the accused to admit guilt and that they were members of the terrorist organization. Yassin (left) proudly addressed the court admitting guilt shocking those present in the courtroom..
He was found in possession of an arsenal of arms in Nairobi and due to his confession the court has ordered he undergoes a psychiatric examination before a court rules on his fate.
Mr Abdimajid Yassin Mohammed alias Ali Hussein while appearing in a parked courtroom on Monday shocked everyone when he pleaded guilty to many charges linking him to terrorism.
His companion charged with him, Mr Omar Abdi alias Adan Salman Abdi, a Somali, denied being a member of Al-Shabaab. However, he told the court that he was in the country illegally.
The court warned Mr Yassin many times of the penalty he faced if he confessed his membership in a terror organization, but the man smiled and told the court that there was no doubt he was a fully fledged member. He maintained that the police had charged him with the rightly. He maintained that the accusations against him were true.
The Magistrate Lucy Nyambura directed that Mr Yassin must be examined before the case can continue. She set the date for continuance to the 20th of September.
While admitting his offence, Mr Yassin told the court that the police arrested him on the 14th of September on Eastleigh’s 4th street second avenue. During the arrest, he said, the police found him with a cache of firearms. Four suicide vests ready for use were also found in his possession, he told the packed courtroom.. he court heard he was found in possession of the improvised explosive vests weighing 30 kilograms, four AK 47 assault rifles bullets and grenades.
When he was accused in court by the police of being in Kenya illegally, Yassin told the court that he was Kenyan, born here in Kenya. His accomplice admitted he was in Kenya illegally.
The court was told the weapons were found in a rented house where the two men stayed in Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate. In the house, the police found four AK-47 assault rifles, four suicide bomb vests, two home-made bombs, 480 rounds of ammunition, and 12 ready-for-use hand grenades.