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From L to R: Mohamed Abdul, Liban Abdallah Omar and Hussein Hassan Mustafa .

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Westgate terror suspects’ verdict due Tuesday

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 6 – A Nairobi Magistrate’s Court was set to rule on the verdict of three terror suspects accused of roles in the 2013 terror attack at Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi.

The verdict was due Monday, but was postponed, again, by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi who said it will be ready at 2pm on Tuesday.

He ordered the accused persons Mohamed Abdul, Liban Abdallah Omar and  Hussein Hassan Mustafa to be sent back to remand prison pending the verdict which will determine if they were guilty of the attack or not.

If found guilty, the trio faces long jail terms.

The three were put on their defence in January 2019, when the court found that they had a case to answer, and required them to defend themselves in the trial.

At the time, the fourth accused person Adan Dheq was acquitted for lack of evidence to link him to the attack that left 67 people dead in the September 21, 2013 attack that shocked the world and which was blamed on Al Shabaab.

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

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

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The prosecution said he was 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.

They all deny charges facing them.

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