A Canadian citizen was among four other suspects who were arraigned in Kenya on Friday in connection with an Islamist attack on a Nairobi hotel complex on Tuesday, AFP reports.
Those who appeared in court include Joel Ng’ang’a Wainaina, Oliver Kanyango Muthee, Gladys Kaari Justus, Guleid Abdihakim — who holds Canadian citizenship — and Osman Ibrahim.
The suspects are accused of “possible involvement” in the almost 20-hour siege on the DusitD2 hotel and office complex by a suicide bomber and four gunmen who were all killed by security forces.
Wainaina, a taxi driver, is believed to have ferried the attackers around on several occasions, and Muthee, also a taxi driver drove one of the assailants to the scene of the attack.
Justus is being investigated over the transfer of money while Abdihakim is being probed over suspicious communication.
And the other suspect Ibrahim is alleged to have met with one of the attackers on January 8.
Two suspects yet to appear in court, Ali Salim Gichunge and Violet Kemunto Omwoyo possessed SIM cards that were in “constant communication” with numbers in Somalia, court documents revealed.
Meanwhile, a magistrate granted a request from the prosecution to detain the four men and one woman for 30 days while investigations continue.
Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, which has repeatedly targeted Kenya over the presence of its troops in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack.