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Sunday, August 20, 2017

40 Asians in court over illegal cyber systems

Forty Asians accused of illegal possession of communication gadgets have a case to answer.

The 40, mostly from Taiwan, have been charged with illegally operating a radio station in Runda.

Senior principal magistrate Joyce Gandani of theMilimani law courts said in a ruling the prosecution has tabled evidence to warrant putting the suspects on their defence.

The suspects allegedly operated a cyber-command centre capable of disrupting communication systems in the country.

The centre, with its modern software, is said to be capable of infiltrating bank accounts, M-Pesa accounts and even ATMs.

It is suspected to be the biggest such centre in Africa.

The illegal activities were discovered after a fire broke out in the rented house, killing one of them.

Police had gone to the house to investigate the incident when they found the group hurdled in a room that had “sophisticated” communication gadgets.

Another group of 37 Chinese are separately facing similar charges.

The defence hearing will start on February 19.

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