Court orders children rescued from Likoni Madrassa admitted in schools

Coast Regional Police Headquarters where officers are holding 90 children found in a suspected terror cell in Likoni, December 19, 2017. /FILE
Coast Regional Police Headquarters where officers are holding 90 children found in a suspected terror cell in Likoni, December 19, 2017. /FILE

A court in Mombasa has ordered that 65 children rescued from a Likoni Madrassa be admitted to schools so they can pursue formal education.

Resident magistrate L.K Sindani ordered that the children be taken to normal schools.

Sindani further ordered the children's parents and guardians to present the learner's admission letters to the court in the next session.

The magistrate also issued orders that the Al-Falah Madrassatul mosque remains closed until police complete their investigations.

She said the children can be taken to another Madrassa but not Al-Falah as its administration is yet to be cleared of accusations.

Sindani further maintained that the children should remain under the custody of their parents and guardians until they are cleared.

The madrassa has both boarding and day scholars and hosts several children, including refugees from Somalia.

The children, from as young as five, were said to be from different countries including US, UK, Canada, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya.

The magistrate's orders came after an officer from the children department filed an application to have the court issue the orders.

Children officer Stanley Mkala told the court that they were still investigating the madrassa over sexual assault allegations.

He revealed to the court that already a worker of the religious institution has been charged at the Mombasa law court with committing a sexual offence.

Mkala told the court that December 19 the raid was conducted by a combined force comprising Kenya and British authorities.

These revelations from the children department disputed earlier reports linking the madrassa with terrorism.

The case will be mentioned on March 29.

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