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Sonko faces terror charges in an evening court session

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in an earlier court appearance. Image/courtesy

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Wednesday evening taken to Kahawa law courts with charges of terrorism being leveled against him.

According to the Nation the court, which had closed for the day, reopened to hear a request by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations who were seeking to hold him for 30 days. 

Sonko was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Diana Mochache.

He is accused of recruiting a militia group that disrupted peace and stability in the country.

His lawyer Dr. John khamiwa had earlier in the day claimed that the ex-county boss was being transferred to Kamiti Maximum Prison from Gigiri police station.

On Tuesday morning, Sonko denied all 12 charges levelled against him.

He was charged with assault, robbery with violence and destruction of property linked to alleged forced entry into a property in Buru Buru estate back in 2019.

The former Nairobi Governor had claimed in late January that he was a part of the team that included some government operatives bought vehicles and recruited youths in the aftermath of the highly contested 2017celections, to burn the vehicles in the streets in order to portray the National supper alliance (NASA) as being violent.

Later on, interior PS karanja Kibicho presented himself before the directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for interrogations over Sonko’s remarks which had implicated him as having played a part in the 2017 violence.