FOUR CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

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Ali Mitano Liban, Abdinasir Walde Haile, Mohamed Makura Darche, Mohamed Walde Haile before Milimani Magistrate Court in Nairobi./PHOTO BY S.A.N.

BY NT CORRESPONDENT.

Four men have been charged in a Nairobi court with human trafficking of 11 Ethiopians.

Ali Mitano Liban, Abdinasir Walde Haile, Mohamed Makura Darche, Mohamed Walde Haile appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecution accuses the four of trafficking by receiving and transporting 11 Ethiopian nationals using a lorry for the purpose of exploitation.

They are alleged to have committed the offence on July 9, 2019 at Makuyu along the Nyeri Nairobi highway within Murang’a North sub-county.

Prosecution has vehemently objected the release of the accused persons on bail on grounds that their nationality is unknown.

The State believes the four are part of a powerful cartel operating within Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

At the same time the Prosecution also requested for an early hearing date for the victims to testify so that they can be repatriated back to their country.

The court will make its ruling on bail on Friday and also for purposes of conducting a pre-trial.

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