Dec 9, 2021

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Recaptured terror convicts serving 78 years face additional time in prison

Meanwhile, the six high-ranking prison guards accused of helping inmates escape face up to seven years if found guilty of the crime.

The guards include prison commandant Charles Mutembei Gerrard and his deputy Joseph Longarianyang. Others include Pamela Cherubet, Peter Thuku, Lilian Mukasia and Nicholas Otieno.

Under Kenyan law, escaping from prison is an offense punishable by a prison term of up to two years or a fine or both.

Section 124 of the Criminal Code states that “any person who assists a prisoner in escaping or attempting to escape from legal custody; or with the intention of facilitating the escape of a prisoner, transferring something to or causing something to be transported, is guilty of a crime and is punished with a prison sentence of seven years.

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The three prisoners – Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga alias Shukri, Joseph Juma Odhiambo and Mohamed Abdi Abikar – served a total of 78 years in prison. All three have been described as “dangerous” by security agencies.

Abikar is serving the longest term of 41 years for his role in the Al-Shabab attack on Garissa University College in April 2015. The attack was about killed at least 148 people, most of them students. He began serving his sentence in July 2019.

Musharaf is serving 22 years for attempting to attack the parliament building in 2012. He was found in a hotel in Malindi with explosives, two firearms and 400 rounds of ammunition.

He had rented several houses in Nairobi, including in Lang’ata, Umoja, Embakasi and Eastleigh.

< He began serving his sentence in 2017. He is also known by several aliases - Sharrif Abdallah Mualim, Alex Shikanda, Rashid Swaitan, Ali, Bonie, and Blacky.

Odhiambo is serving 15 years because he has traveled to Somalia without leaving for one. to report to immigration authorities and left Kenya through an illegal point.

He was convicted by a Mandera magistrate last September.

The three fled Kamiti last Sunday and were on Thursday arrested in a forest in Kitui County, allegedly while trying to get to the Tana River County border.

They were later helicoptered back to Kiambu Prison to continue serving their sentences .