Sabahi (Washington, DC)

7 February 2014

Kenyan Police Accused of Seizing Ethiopian Rebels Released On Bail

Two Kenyan police officers were released on bail Thursday (February 6th) after they denied kidnapping two members of an Ethiopian rebel group in Nairobi, AFP reported.

Magistrate Doreen Mulekyo freed the two, an inspector and a constable from the criminal investigations department, against a bond of 2 million shillings ($23,000) each.

They were accused of kidnapping two senior officials of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) of Ethiopia, Ali Ahmed Hussein and Sulub Abdi Ahmed, at a restaurant in Nairobi on January 26th.

The ONLF accused Ethiopian secret services of involvement in the kidnappings, calling the incident a breach of trust that would "represent a serious obstacle to any future discussions with Ethiopia".

"We call on the Kenyan government... in its capacity as facilitator [in the talks] to undertake an in-depth investigation and to ask the Ethiopian government to hand back the people who were seized," the ONLF said.

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