15 November 2012

Kenya: Rogo's Son Still in Custody

Three suspects among them the son of the late controversial Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo are still being held by anti terror police officers. They believe the three have a connection with terrorism activities and were planning a major terror attack in Mombasa. However Aboud Rogo's widow Haniya Said claims the three are innocent.

On Tuesday evening, about 13 armed officers raided Rogo's house in Kanamai, Kilifi, at around 10pm and arrested his son, 17-year-old Khubeid Aboud.

Rogo's wife Haniya Said Saggal, told reporters yesterday that she was in the main house when three armed men walked through the open door and began ransacking the house.

She said some other 10 officers searched an adjacent house where male relatives were resting after the wedding of Rogo's daughter, Rumeissa Aboud Rogo, and Swaleh Abdul Majid.

The two newly weds never returned home and Haniya said they have not heard from them. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Coast CID boss Ambrosse Munyasia said yesterday that the three might be taken to court once investigations are completed. Rogo was killed in August near the Pirates Beach on his way to Pandya hospital.

He had been on police radar for allegedly recruiting and training youths to fight for the al Shabaab in Somalia. He had been charged with preparing to commit felony.

The cleric also faced four counts of possessing firearms without a certificate and a sixth count of possessing 102 detonators and two grenades. The cases were terminated by a Mombasa court following his death.

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