Police drop terror allegations against German

Schwing was instead charged with operating a business without permit

In Summary
  • Schwing was charged with two counts including operating a business without work permit.
  • He was released on Sh100,000 bond after pleading not guilty to the charges.
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The anti-terror police unit has dropped terror allegations against a German who was arrested on Monday.

Hans-Dieter Schwing was arrested over suspicions of aiding foreigners, some of who were allegedly involved in terror activities, to enter the country.

However, on Friday, Schwing was charged with engaging in business without proper work permit.

The charge sheet read that on diverse dates between 2017 and 2021, the foreigner coordinated acquisition of Kenyan foreigner’s alien cards and a driving license for foreign nationals.

He was accused of acquiring the legal documents through, a company in which he is a director knowing that he did not hold a work permit.

Schwing was further accused of failing to comply with visitors pass.

He was accused of conducting business yet his visa was restricted to being in the country as a tourist.

The foreigner pleaded not guilty to both charges before senior principle magistrate Rita Amwayi.

The magistrate released Schwing on a Sh100,000 with one surety of a similar amount.

The charges against Schwing were against previous allegations by police through an affidavit filed before court.

According to investigating officer Dickson Indaru, the german is the director of Scout, a company purporting to be a travel agency that aids European citizens access Kenya for undisclosed business.

The foreigner was also said to be the director of You Drive, a company which has been packaged as a driving school whose mission is to assist European nationals acquire driving licenses in Kenya.

Investigations officer told the court they have intelligence reports there was an impending attack in Mombasa and the orchestrators of the said attack allegedly came to Kenya through Moi International Airport and were assisted by companies owned by the Schwing.

The police asked the court to grant the investigators 10 days to finalise their investigations which involve financial, communications and immigration status of the suspect.

The investigators who termed the german a flight risk, said they were following up Schwing’s bank and Mpesa statements as well as his communication foot prints to establish his web of finances and communications.

-Edited by SKanyara