TERROR SUSPECT CASE TO COMMENCE IN JANUARY

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The hearing of the criminal case against four suspect of the Westgate mall attack will commence on 15 January next year.

Nairoi Chief Magistrate Kiarie Waweru Kiarie has allowed the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Warui to reply tomorrow the bail applications argued by lawyer Mbugua Mureithi.

 Mohammed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah Omar, unknown Alias Ibrahim alias Adan Dheq and Hussein Hassan Mustafah are suspected to be behind the September 21 terror attack in Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall, which was under siege for four days.

The four Somali nationals were charged 0n 4/11/2013 before a Nairobi Chief Magistrate Dolphin Okundi where they faced a total of seven counts. They denied the alleged offences through a Somali translator.

The prosecution accuses them of carrying out a terror act and that they committed the offences jointly with others who were not in court. Prosecution has persisted that the accused should remain in custody until the case is heard and determined. They informed the court that if the accused are released they can tamper with the investigation or involve themselves in another terror attack.

The defense team protested that they have been unable to study the affidavit presented by the prosecution in pressing that the suspects should be denied bail and be held in police custody to facilitate further investigations. Mureithi will return tomorrow to respond to the s affidavit.

The first count alleges that the four committed a terror act, jointly with others not before court, on September 21 at Westgate Shopping Mall.

Abdi , Mustafah and Omar were separately accused of knowingly supporting Mohammed Abdinur Said, Hassan Dhohullow and others in committing the terror attack.

Dheq was further accused of harbouring terrors suspects, obtaining registration by false pretences and being in the Kenya illegally. The prosecution says that on or before October 7 this year at Salman al-Farsi Madrassa along Muyuyu Avenue Eastleigh, he knowingly
harboured Abdikadir Hared Mohammed, a terror suspect.

According to the charge sheet, Dheq wilfully and by false pretences procured registration as a Kenyan Citizen on or before July 13 2010.

It is alleged that he committed the offence at the national registration bureau office in Mandera town, where he was issued with a Kenyan identity card number 27168535.

The suspects who were not initially represented had denied the charges and were remanded at Kilimani Police Station for seven days as police continue with further investigations.

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