Arrested Kenyan already in Uganda

August 17, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17 – A fourth Kenyan arrested in connection with last month’s bombings in Uganda is no longer in the country, according to the Attorney General

The AG through senior principal state counsel Edwin Okello told the High Court that Mohammed Hamid Suleiman has already been extradited to Uganda to face trial.

“The subject could not be produced in court as he is not within jurisdiction,” Mr Okello told High Court judge Aggrey Muchelule on Tuesday.

On Monday the High Court directed Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere and the Commandant of the Anti- Terrorism Police Unit Nicholas Kamwende to appear before it and explain the whereabouts of Mr Suleiman.

The matter was adjourned to Wednesday to allow the Attorney General to respond to the application by the family of Mr Suleiman which is demanding his production in court.

Officers attached to ATPU arrested Mr Suleiman on August 13 at his home in Akiba Estate, South C Nairobi.

An affidavit sworn by his wife Zuhura, said the suspect was arrested by the officers and later driven to Kasarani police station.

“My husband was arrested by more than 10 police officers who claim to be officers from the Anti Terrorism Unit,” she said in the affidavit produced in court. “I would to appeal to this court to order the police to produce the body of Mohamed Hamid Suleiman dead or alive.”

After his arrest last Friday, his lawyer visited the station the next day but was informed that Mr Suleiman had left the station early in the morning, but was still under the custody of the ATPU.

Mrs Suleiman says she has not seen her husband since his arrest despite several attempts to reach him. She said that Mr Kamwende told her lawyer that Mr Suleiman was arrested for “associating himself with persons who had killed people.”

She has denied that her husband was involved in any way with the Uganda bombings which occurred on July 11.

“My husband has never been to Uganda. The police have no right to kidnap my husband from Kenyan territory away from the jurisdiction of Kenyan courts without extradition proceedings,” she argues.


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