Police maintain watch on terror suspects

December 30, 2011 5:48 pm


The two surrendered to police on Christmas eve/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 30 – Two men who security agencies allege have links with the Al Shabaab were on Friday asked to report back to the Anti Terror Police Unit (ATPU) on January 4.

Hussein Nderitu Abbas of Siaya District and Sylvester Owino Opiyo of Nyeri made a brief appearance at the ATPU offices on where they had their bond extended.

The two surrendered to police on Christmas eve after police released their photos to the public terming them wanted persons.

They were held and later released without charge.

Both individuals have cases pending in court, having been arrested in March this year.

The two suspects were set free following intervention from their lawyer.

The lawyer argued that the police had infringed on his clients’ rights because they were arrested on a Saturday when they surrendered and they had remained in custody until Tuesday yet they were not taken to court.

He said his clients were also concerned at the manner in which the police hurriedly distributed their photographs and details casting them as “dangerous terror suspects who were wanted by the police yet they were out on bond.”

The two surrendered after police released their photographs and details describing them as having links with Al Shabaab and plotting terrorist activities.

Their lawyer Chacha Mwita said they opted to surrender to avoid any confrontation with the police.

A brief issued from Police headquarters by Spokesman Erick Kiraithe had indicated that the suspects had cases pending in court.

The police spokesman’s brief statement described them as “Dangerous men whom we have every reason to believe that they are out on a dangerous terrorist mission. If we don’t get them we are likely to have trouble. We have intelligence on that.”

Since Kenya embarked on Operation Linda Nchi in mid October, strict security measures across the country have been the order of the day in almost all public places.

Despite the beefed security, Kenya has suffered several attacks linked to the Al Shabaab militia group.


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