13 June 2012

Kenya: Terrorist Suspect 'Not Wanted'

The terror suspect arrested in Tanzania will not be brought to Kenya for investigation, the Star has established.

Kenya Police said Emrah Erdogan, 24, whose photograph they released to the media on Monday, is not wanted because the charges they intended to press are no longer valid. Police intended to charge Erdogan with being in Kenya illegally after investigations failed to link him to the Moi Avenue blast of May 28. Erdogan was arrested on Tuesday in Tanzania where he is said to have been hiding after escaping arrest in Kenya.

Yesterday, anti-terrorism police chief Boniface Mwaniki declined to comment on the matter, saying it is under investigation. Police sources who spoke to the Star on condition of anonymity said Tanzania police are now dealing with the matter after arresting the man who is wanted in Germany to face charges of terrorism. Interpol put out a 'red notice' (meaning the man is a wanted criminal) on Erdogan following requests by Germany.

According to the sources, anti-terrorism police decided to engage the public in hunting for Erdogan after intelligence reports revealed that he had crossed over to Kenya from Somalia on May 3. He is said to have have entered Kenya from Somalia in the company of Majid Najjar, a Swiss national through Garrissa. Najjar has since been arrested and charged in Kenya. Erdogan who is said to use uses several aliases such as Imraan AL-Kurdy or Salahaddin AL-Kurdy.

Anti-terrorism Police said they found close to 3000 US Dollars on Najjar who was arrested in Nairobi's Eastleigh estate in May. Najjar denied charges of being in the country illegally. His criminal case number 1048/2012 is set for hearing on July 2. Najja travelling documents showed he entered Kenya, on March 23, 2011, after he was granted a visa that that was valid up to April 30, 2011. It is suspected that Erdogan is either a German or Turkish national.

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