An Isiolo court on Friday allowed police in the county to continue holding for 10 days three Ethiopians arrested along Isiolo-Moyale Highway for being unlawfully present in Kenya.

Chief Magistrate Samuel Mungai also allowed detectives to detain four Kenyans arrested on Thursday together with the foreigners while travelling in a Toyota Voxy.

Anti-Terrorism Police Unit in their application argued that the seven are suspected to be facilitators to human trafficking syndicates that are rampant on the highway.

Fredrick Ouma, an ATPU investigating officer told the court that mobile phones and a laptop seized from the suspects will be subjected to lab analysis for call data report.

“The documents, which we suspect are fake, need to be thoroughly scrutinized and verified with the issuing authorities,” said Mr Ouma while opposing their release citing they could interfere with investigations.

The detectives will also establish the owner of the vehicle the seven were traveling in and which was being driven by one suspect who had a Kenyan driving license also suspected to be fake.

The Magistrate directed that the seven be detained at Isiolo Police station until December 11 when the case will be mentioned.

The foreigners are likely to be charged with illegal stay while the four Kenyans face human trafficking charges.

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