18 June 2012

Tanzania: Fate of Suspected Terrorist to Be Known on Monday, Police Confirm

THE fate of a suspected terrorist arrested in the country last week will be known today, the Deputy Director of Criminal Investigation, Mr Isaya Mngulu, told 'Daily News'.

Mr Mngulu said Emrah Erdogan 24, a German national of Turkish origin, is still in the country being questioned by police. "I will be in a better position to give you more details tomorrow but the suspect is still in the country and is still being questioned by police," he said.

Mr Mngulu refuted claims that the suspect, nabbed last week in Dar es Salaam, has been transferred to Germany to face criminal charges. The deputy DCI was quoted by local and international media last week saying that the suspect will be transferred to Germany, adding that the police have already alerted their German counterparts of the eminent transfer.

The media noted the decision to extradite Erdogan, who was on the list of wanted terrorists, was made after detectives from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Germany interrogated him on Tuesday. The Deputy DCI would not divulge more on what steps would be taken over the terror suspects, insisting that the information would be available today.

The terror suspect, Emrah Erdogan, was apprehended in a queue at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar-es-Salaam, shortly after arriving in the country under the name of Abdulrahman Othman. The Star, a media outlet in Kenya, noted that the suspect will not be taken to Kenya because the charges against him were no longer valid.

Police in Kenya had intended to charge Erdogan with being in Kenya illegally after investigations failed to link him to the Moi Avenue blast of May 28. Kenyan police sources who spoke to the local media outlet 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 in Kenya, anti-terrorism police decided to engage the public in hunting Erdogan after intelligence reports revealed that he had crossed over to Kenya from Somalia on May 3.

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