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Tanzanian unfit to stand trial over Garissa Varsity terror attack

A Nairobi court has declared that Rashid Charles Mbereseso is unable to face trial after suffering a mental breakdown in prison custody/FILE

A Nairobi court has declared that Rashid Charles Mbereseso is unable to face trial after suffering a mental breakdown in prison custody/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – A Tanzanian who is facing charges for carrying out a terrorist attack Garissa University last April which led to the death of 149 students is unfit to stand trial.

A Nairobi court has declared that Rashid Charles Mbereseso is unable to face trial after suffering a mental breakdown in prison custody.

This follows a psychiatrist report tabled in court indicating that has been treated for bizarre behavior at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

The mental examination report adduced in court notes that Mbereseso received his last monthly injection on September 12.

Doctor Mucheru Wang’ombe has told the court that the foreigner exhibits abnormal experiences and believes people around him have evil intentions.

As a result, the doctor said the suspect requires continuous medication and repeated metal status evaluation at Nairobi’s Mathare Hospital.

Mbereseso is facing charges alongside Mohamed Ali Abdikar, Hassan Aden Hassan, Sahal Diriye, Osman Abdi and have all denied 162 counts of terrorism.

Consequently, the prosecution sought to be given time to consult the DPP how to proceed with the case against his co-accused persons.

During trial, a prosecution witness told the court that the suspect sold second hands clothes in Garissa before his arrest following the
April 2, 2015 terrorist attack.

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Mbereseso was arrested while hiding under a bed at the university and told detectives that he was a student but failed to explain how he ended up at the institution on the morning of the raid.

He is also facing a charge of being in Kenya illegally as he had no documents allowing him to be in the county.

The case will be mentioned next Friday when further directions will be given.

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