Sabahi (Washington, DC)

30 June 2013

Kenya: Human Rights Group Accuses Kenyan Police of Extrajudicial Killings

Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) has accused Kenyan police of illegally killing at least 13 people with suspected terrorist links this year, including two this month, Kenya's The Standard reported Friday (June 28th).

The claims follow two separate gun battles in Mombasa last week in which terrorism suspects Kassim Omolo Otieno and Salim Mohammed Nero were shot dead by police. Witnesses said neither of the men resisted arrest and were extra judicially executed.

"There is definitely a team of police officers that carries out these killings," said Hussein Khalid, head of MUHURI.

Head of Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit Boniface Mwaniki denied the accusations in an interview with The Associated Press, calling the allegations "outrageous".

Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi said the claims were baseless and aimed at tarnishing the image of the police and jeopardising the war on terror.

A government-funded human rights group published a report in 2008 implicating police in the extrajudicial killing and forced disappearance of up to 500 young men believed to be involved in extortion and beheadings.

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