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Nyeri court jails two Egyptians for hawking without permit

Wednesday August 15 2018

Ahmed Nasr Abdelsawad and Mohammed Hassan

Egyptian nationals, Ahmed Nasr Abdelsawad (left) and Mohammed Hassan in a Nyeri court on August 14, 2018 where they were charged with hawking without a work permit. They pleaded guilty and were jailed for seven months each. PHOTO | JOSEPH WANGUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOSEPH WANGUI
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Two Egyptian nationals will spend seven months in jail for engaging in the business of selling cooking pots in Nyeri town without working permit from the Immigration Department.

Nyeri Resident Magistrate Ruth Kefa Wednesday sentenced Ahmed Nasr and Muhamed Hassan on their own plea of guilty.

The magistrate gave them the option of paying a fine of Sh30,000 each.

The court heard that the two were found in possession of 11 cooking pots which they were hawking to residents of Nyeri town on August 13, 2018.

The prosecution produced the pots as exhibits in court, noting that the accused persons were first offenders.

According to the police, the consignment was transported from Thika to Nyeri in a hired taxi.

The two were arrested by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations who have since confiscated their mobile phones for further investigations.

An officer handling the case, who sought anonymity, said the matter is of national security and detectives want to know the immigrants’ mission in the country.

He disclosed that they are sceptical of the argument that the two Egyptians were doing business.