12 November 2012

Kenya: Police Grill Muhuri Boss Over MRC

Muslims for Human Rights executive director Hussein Khalid on Friday recorded a statement with the police over the Mombasa Republican Council activities.

Khalid arrived at the provincial police headquarters at around 3.15pm accompanied by family and friends. His lawyer Lumatete Mushai and Abubakar Shariff alias Makaburi also accompanied him.

Makaburi has pending court cases in which he has been charged with robbery with violence and incitement to violence following the killing of his close ally Sheikh Aboud Rogo.

Addressing the press before recording the statement, Khalid said he has nothing to hide. He said he has said or done nothing that is contrary to the law.

"I am confident that what we have been doing as Muhuri regarding the MR is legal," he said. Police had issued a summons to Khalid on November 2 to shed light on statements he has been issuing regarding the MRC and its activities.

Khalid had earlier demanded that he be furnished with the kind of information the police wanted him to share with them. Coast CID boss Ambrose Munyasia said they will not prefer any charges on Khalid but will summon him whenever they need more information on the MRC.

Khalid was question over his remarks to the effect that Muhuri will mobilize funds to bail out MRC leaders in police custody. On Friday, Mushai had expressed fear that police might have been plotting to detain Khalid. He said the timing of the summons was suspect.

"Normally, when you receive a summons, you honour it to find out why," Mushai said. "I hope nobody has intentions to detain my client on a Friday."

Several key figures appeared at the provincial headquarters to show solidarity with Khalid. They include nominated MP Sheikh Mohamed Dor who is reported to have confronted provincial CID boss Ambrose Munyasia.

Sheikh Dor was arrested and charged over remarks he made on the MRC to the effect that he is ready to fund the group and that anybody can finance its activities.

Muhuri director Khelef Khalifa and former Kenya National Commission on Human Rights vice chairman Hassan Omar were also present.

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