Westgate suspect disowns police aliases

November 20, 2013 3:40 pm
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The suspect instead said his real name is Abdi Abdikadir Adan, denying police charges that he went by the names “Unknown Alias Adan Mohammed, Ibrahim Alias Adan, Abdikadir Adan Alias AdanDheq.”./FILE
The suspect instead said his real name is Abdi Abdikadir Adan, denying police charges that he went by the names “Unknown Alias Adan Mohammed, Ibrahim Alias Adan, Abdikadir Adan Alias AdanDheq.”./FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20- One of the four suspects charged in court in relation to the September 21 Westgate terror attack on Wednesday disowned the names the police prosecutors had presented as his.

The suspect instead said his real name is Abdi Abdikadir Adan, denying police charges that he went by the names “Unknown Alias Adan Mohammed, Ibrahim Alias Adan, Abdikadir Adan Alias AdanDheq.”.

“I have never used the said aliases and I do not know whom they belong to,” he stated.

In an affidavit filed in Court on Tuesday, Adan contends that he is a Kenyan Citizen by birth born at Bulla Jamhuri in Mandera Central and a holder of Kenyan Identity Card No 27168535.

The suspected terrorist also denied harboring Abdikadir Hared Mohammed alias Mohammed Hussein a terror suspect.

The suspect also seeks to be released on bail arguing that the charges preferred against him are trumped-up, fabricated and is part of the wider scheme by the Anti Terrorism Police Unit to harass his family and dispute his Kenyan citizenship.

The application for bail will be argued on November 28 when three other suspects are expected to file similar affidavits.

He said that he is a resident of Flat no G6 situated on First floor of Saxan Saxo Plaza along Muyuyu Avenue in Eastleigh.

Adan said he had nothing to do with the attack that left 67 people dead.

“I am a practicing Muslim who believes in the sanctity of human life and had nothing to do with the murderous attack on the Westgate Mall whatsoever,” he said.

He argued that the, “prosecution has not demonstrated any compelling reasons why I should not be granted my constitutional right to bail as an untried person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.’’

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