, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – A Nairobi court has declined to release four suspects linked to last September’s Westgate shopping mall terror attack on bail.
Nairobi acting chief magistrate Daniel Ochenja ruled it was in the interest of the public that the suspects remain in custody.
Mohamed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah Omar, Adan Mohamed Dheq and Hussein Hassan Mustafah will remain behind bars until the case is concluded.
“For security reasons, I find it unfit to release the accused persons on bail. Their safety is in custody,” ruled the magistrate.
Their advocate Mbugua Mureithi had for the second time tried to implore the court to free the four on bail.
He asserted that the accused persons were ready and willing to abide with any bail terms including reporting to the investigating officer and police station every day, except when required to attend trial.
But the magistrate concurred with his predecessor that public interest warranted they remain in custody.
The magistrate upheld State Counsel Mungai Warui’s argument that the accused are a flight risk and are likely to abscond trial due to the magnitude of the offence, which attracts a death sentence.