31 December 2013

Kenya: Westgate Terror Suspects Seek Bail

Four suspected terrorists linked with the September 21 Westgate terror attack yesterday returned to court to renew their bond application.

Mohammed Abdi, Adan Ibrahim, Omar Abdulle and Hussein Mustafa have been in remand since they were charged two months ago.

The prosecution opposed their application to be released on bail.

Prosecutor James Warui had opposed the application saying the four are likely to abscond if released.

He told the court that they still maintained their stand based on a sworn affidavit by inspector Musyoki attached to the Anti-terror detective


In the affidavit, Musyoki said police believe the four were either directly or indirectly involved in the Westgate attack.

He said the four are believed to have been involved in the attack together with others who are still at large and are being pursued.

Musyoki said the charges against the four are serious.

The officer said police have information that the four have a vast network in the country meant to execute more explosive

attacks against government installations, public gatherings, provision stores and foreign establishments.

The prosecution asked the court to take notice of the numerous terrorist attacks within the country among them, Machakos country bus, Hope Church of Miracle Ngara, Nairobi, Bella Vista Club in Mombasa, Mishomoroni club in Mombasa, Arsanand's Shopping Mall in Nairobi and the twin church attacks in Garissa.

The accused now want the trial magistrate D Ochenja to grant them bond after chief magistrate Kiarie Waweru declined to release them on bail.

However, Ochenja was yesterday not present to hear their application.

Their file was placed before magistrate E Ndiretu who directed them to make the application before Ochenja on January 13 or 14 when he will be present

from Christmas holidays.

The case will be heard on January 15,16, 27 and 28,2014.

The four are also facing charges of giving of support to terrorist groups in attacking the Westgate Shopping Mall in nairobi where more than 67 people died.

They denied the charges and are all being held at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison pending the hearing and determination of the case.

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