An Ethiopian national suspected to be an accomplice of a terror suspect gunned down at the residence of the Deputy President William Ruto in July was Wednesday arraigned in court.

The suspect, Mr Ali Elema Wario, was charged with being a member of Al-Shabaab.

He was separately charged with being in the country illegally. He pleaded guilty to the charge of breaching immigration rules by residing at the border town of Moyale within Marsabit County without a valid Visa.

Milimani Law Courts senior principal magistrate Mr Kennedy Cheruiyot sentenced him to serve a one-month jail term.

The man, however, denied the charge of being a member of Al-Shabaab terrorist group by being an accomplice of Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammud who was killed at the residence of Mr Ruto at Sugoi Uasin Gishu County on July 29,2017.

The court heard from state prosecutor Ms Everlyn Maika that the accused used to communicate with the slain terror suspect using a cell phone.

“Police from the anti-terrorism police unit (ATPU) have discovered through investigations that the accused is still communicating with members of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group,” Ms Maika stated while opposing the release of the accused on bond.

Ms Maika argued that the accused will disappear if released on bond since the offence facing him attracts a harsh custodial sentence of 30 years imprisonment.

Defence lawyer David Ayuma disclosed that the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had charged Mr Wario with the same offence in Moyale then terminated the case for lack of evidence.

The Magistrate will determine today whether to release him on bond or not.