An Eastleigh businessman Abdullahi Mohamed Ali is off the hook after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) cleared him of financing terror group charges.
He has further been cleared of defrauding Somali investors more than Sh 5 billion after complainants failed to report to any of the investigative agencies.
Regarding the terror links, the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) said they launched investigations on June 30 but by last week had not found any links.
State Counsel Duncan Ondimu from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions last week told the court the his office did not intend to charge Ali.
“My instructions are that the investigations by the Anti-Terrorism Police have been completed. They do not wish to charge the applicant,” Ondimu told Justice Lesiit.
The court as a result ruled that Ali’s passport and all the travel documents be released forthwith.
“Cash bail be refunded to depositor. File marked closed,” Justice Lesiit ruled.
However, the case of alleged fraud remains pending with detectives saying investigations will only begin when the investors record their complaints and statement,
Ali is alleged to have convinced Somali legislators and other senior government officials to invest in the scheme.
To qualify as an investor, one had to part with Sh2 million. Some are said to have paid more.
It had been reported that dozens of Somali MPs and investors both in Nairobi and the diaspora, especially from Saudi Arabia and Dubai, had pumped close to Sh6 billion into the foreign exchange trading company, Maalin Group Companies.
It was reported in March that Ali had fled the country, leaving the ‘investors’ with no legal recourse.