Widows of slain terror suspects arraigned in court

June 18, 2013 3:24 pm
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Salim Mohammed's widow, Rehema was charged for being in possession of an AK-47 and 147 rounds of ammunitions before a Magistrate's Court in Shanzu on Tuesday but denied the accusations and was released on a Sh500,000 bond/FILE
Salim Mohammed’s widow, Rehema was charged for being in possession of an AK-47 and 147 rounds of ammunitions before a Magistrate’s Court in Shanzu on Tuesday but denied the accusations and was released on a Sh500,000 bond/FILE
MOMBASA, Kenya, Jun 18 – The widows of two terror suspects who were shot dead by police in Mombasa on Monday have been charged with possession of firearms.

Salim Mohammed’s widow, Rehema was charged for being in possession of an AK-47 and 147 rounds of ammunitions before a Magistrate’s Court in Shanzu on Tuesday but denied the accusations and was released on a Sh500,000 bond.

Fatma Masoup, widow of the slain Kassim Omollo, was also charged with the unlawful possession of an AK-47 and a second count of unlawfully possessing a pistol that had no visible serial number without the authority from officials.

She further faced and denied three other counts including possession of 120 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and another 92 rounds of 9mm ammunition in addition to possessing two hand grenades recovered at their house in Mlaleo on Monday.

The two women faced the charges amidst claims from neighbours that police executed their husbands.

Mohammed and Omollo are said to have been driven to their homes and shot dead.

According to an eye witness who saw the unfolding event, Mohammed was dragged from a public service vehicle and bundled into an unmarked car before he was driven to his house, where he was executed.

“He had just boarded a matatu heading to town from Kiembeni when five plain clothes police confronted him and whisked him away in a tinted vehicle,” said an eyewitness.

“The officers interrogated him (Mohammed) for almost 30 minutes at Sheila bar within Kiembeni before they took him to his house where he was shot dead at close range. We identified him with the clothes he was wearing before his body was taken to Makadara hospital,” narrated the witness.

Police however denied the allegations insisting that the two men were dangerous terrorists who were out to destabilise the country’s security.

Kisauni deputy police boss Thomas Sangut told journalists at the scene that he was trailed by detectives and gunned down at his house after he deferred an order to surrender.

“When we entered his house he ran to his bedroom for his AK-47 threatening the lives of police officers prompting them to open fire and killed him in the process,” said Sangut.

Relative also disputed police claims that Mohammed was in the house when they raided it.

Twaha Hassan Suleiman, who lived with the terror suspect, said he was handcuffed together with the deceased’s widow and taken to the police station for interrogation.

“We were taken to Kiembeni police station with my sister, Salim’s wife, and left him behind with over 10 police officers only to be informed that he had been killed,” said Suleiman.

Genesis for human right group director Caleb Ngwena condemned the police for the killing.

“Police are extremely brutal they go against the principle and philosophy of natural justice .Kenyans should hold them accountable as their manner of arrest leads to potential law and order problem,” said Ngwena.

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