Eldoret man found guilty of being al Shabaab member jailed for 15 years.

A court in Eldoret on Friday sentenced a man to 15 years in jail after he was found guilty of being an al Shabaab member.

Chief magistrate Charles Obulutsa said Ramadhan Adam Athman was found in possession of a mobile phone with videos, images and articles on terrorism.

Athman was found in possession of the material in Kipkaren area, Uasin Gishu county, on June 16, 2016. He was also found guilty of being in possession of bhang.

“The prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that you were a member of the outlawed terror group and hereby sentences you to serve 15 years in jail,” Obulutsa said.

Athman had denied the charges. He faced three counts, including being a member of al Shabaab.

The man was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit in the outskirts of Eldoret.

However, his lawyer Chacha A. Mwita said: “Your honour, though my client was found with the said articles there are no records to associate him with terrorism; no evidence has been produced in court confirming that he was a member of outlawed Al-Shabaab group.” Mr Athman has 14 days to appeal.

The judgment comes as the government intensifies its fight against terrorism following the attack on DusitD2 complex in Nairobi two weeks ago.

The attack, which Shabaab claimed responsibility, killed 21 people and left others injured

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