Briton charged over alleged human trafficking

Mr Khdir, born in 1985 in Kirkuk, Iraq denied the charge before Milimani Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo on Thursday

Thursday February 18 2016

Mr Mohammed Ahmed Khdir, a businessman based in the United Kingdom at Milimani Law Courts on February 18, 2016 where he was charged with allegedly smuggling Roshna Mohammed Amin Awrahman to Britain on Valentine's Day. PHOTO | RICHARD MUNGUTI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Mohammed Ahmed Khdir, a businessman based in the United Kingdom at Milimani Law Courts on February 18, 2016 where he was charged with allegedly smuggling Roshna Mohammed Amin Awrahman to Britain on Valentine's Day. PHOTO | RICHARD MUNGUTI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By RICHARD MUNGUTI
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A British citizen of Iraqi descent who attempted to smuggle out a 23-year-old girl through the Jomo Kenyatta International Aiport (JKIA) on Valentine’s Day has been charged.

Mr Mohammed Ahmed Khdir, a businessman based in the United Kingdom was arrested by Immigration Officials at the exit point at the JKIA attempted to smuggle Ms Roshna Mohammed Amin Awrahman to Britain.

Mr Khdir, born in 1985 in Kirkuk, Iraq denied the charge before Milimani Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo on Thursday

“By the time of arrest, Roshna was using a forged Guatemalan passport,” Immigration Department Prosecutor Isaac Mwashigadi told Mr Ogembo.

The accused who applied to be released on bond said he jetted into the Country on February 10, 2016 as a tourist.

“I apply to be admitted to bond. My travel documents are in order. I was visiting Kenya. I spent four days then I was arrested at the exit point,” Mr Khdir told the court.

He said that he was arrested for the simple reason of “assisting Roshna to answer in English questions from Immigration Officers.”

The magistrate heard that Mr Khdir explained to the court that he was not in any way linked to Roshna who does not understand either English or Kiswahili.

Mr Mwashigadi has also filed a case against Roshna of being in possession of a Guatemalan passport.

Due to language hitch Roshna could not plead to the charge and was remanded until Friday.

Mr Mwashigadi had applied to be accomodated to February 22 to avail an Iraqi translator but his request was turned down “since she was arrested on Sunday and has been in custody.”

Mr Ogembo directed the case against Mr Khdir be tried on February 29.

He directed Mr Mwashigadi to supply the accused with copies of all the evidence he intends to use in the case.

The magistrate granted the accused a cash bail of Sh300,000 and ordered him to deposit his passport in court.

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