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3 Westgate suspects have case to answer, one freed

A magistrate at the Milimani Law Courts, Francis Andayi, on Monday ruled that he is satisfied with the evidence by the prosecution that linked them to the attack/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 14 – Three people accused of carrying out a terror attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in 2013 have a case to answer.

Ahmed Abdi, Liban Omar and Hussein Mustafa, were Monday put on their defence by trial Magistrate Francis Andayi.

However, the court freed the fourth accused Adan Dheq for lack of evidence.

At least 67 people lost their lives in the September 21, 2013 terror attack.

The four had been jointly and separately accused of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act among other charges.

The case will be mentioned on January 21 for purposes of fixing defence hearing dates.

Abdi faces an additional charge of being a member of Al Shabaab.

He was allegedly found with videos titled Training Series in Swahili and Ambush at Bardale, which the prosecution said could facilitate terrorism.

While putting the three on their defence, Magistrate Andayi said the prosecution had established a prima facie case against them.

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