The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Terrorism Suspect Records Statement

Anti-terrorism police have recorded statements of the German terror suspect who was arrested in Tanzania after police in Kenya announced that he was a wanted man.

ATPU officers were on Wednesday sent to Tanzania to question the 24-year-old man on his mission in Kenya and his alleged involvement with al-shabab. Investigators were also mandated to question the man on his accomplices in Kenya.

Yesterday, detectives in the International Police (Interpol) said Emrah Erdogan was likely to be deported back to Germany by yesterday evening. The investigators who requested anonymity said Tanzania police did not intend to press charges on Erdogan.

Kenya police are also not interested in the man because other than the fact that he was in Kenya without legal documents, investigators have failed to link him with the May 28 Nairobi Moi avenue blast.

Sources in the ATPU said that the police intended to charge Erdogan with being in Kenya illegally. However they did not arrest him in the country. ATPU police chief Boniface Mwaniki declined to comment on the matter.

Interpol had put a 'red notice' on Erdogan following requests by Germany. Kenya police released the photo to the media to engage the public in the search. Police spokesman Eric kiraithe, while releasing his photo, termed Erdogan as a 'dangerous and highly trained man'. Erdogan is said to have been trained in Afghanistan.

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