Trader Jailed For Crossing into Somalia illegally

A trader was Tuesday sentenced to six months after he pleaded guilty to crossing over to Somalia illegally.

He can avoid the jail term if he pays a Sh100,000 fine.

Mr Samuel Omondi Otieno, 30, who appeared before a Mandera Court, pleaded guilty to attempting to depart from Kenya through an illegal point

While presenting the facts of the case to the court, Mr Kennedy Amwayi, a State counsel, said the accused had occasionally been crossing into Somalia through that illegal point and the police laid a trap that successfully nabbed him.

“The accused person has been seen going into Somalia through that point severally and a report was made to police who later moved and arrested him as he headed to Somalia from Mandera town,” he said.

Mr Amwayi argued that despite the accused purchasing and transporting welding material from Mandera town to Somalia’s Bulahawa and beyond, he did not posses any legal document to allow him get into Somalia.

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