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Freed Westgate Terror Suspect Abducted

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Liban Abdillahi Omar, a Westgate terror suspect who was released on Wednesday, October 7, was on Thursday, October 8 whisked away by gun-totting men in what was suspected to be an abduction.

In a report by The Star, the incident happened as Omar left ATPU headquarters on Thursday morning.

Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi on Wednesday cleared Omar of Westgate terror attack charges while ruling that Mohammed Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Hassan Mustafa had a case to answer.

Westgate Mall terror suspects Liban Abdullahi, Hussein Mustafa and Ahmed Abdi in a Nairobi court on Friday, September 18, 2020. /K24 DIGITAL

“I give the second accused the benefit of doubt in communicating with his brother who was one of the attackers. Not everyone who speaks with the accused is guilty,” read an excerpt from the ruling.

The court found the suspect’s two co-accused, Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Mustafa, guilty of conspiring to commit a terrorism act and knowingly supporting the commission of a terrorism act.

Minutes after leaving regional ATPU headquarters in Upper Hill, Omar was abducted by four gunmen, The Star established.

It was reported that Omar was in the company of his sisters in a taxi when gun-totting men in a Subaru ordered them to stop.

The driver ordered the taxi driver to stop, pointing a gun at him, a witness revealed. The gunmen then pulled Omar from the car, pushed him into their car and sped off.

They left with the taxi car keys, leaving the driver and sisters stranded on the road. The abduction took place near KCB Towers.

Lobby Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) pointed a finger at the police.

Muhuri chairman Khelef Khalifa condemned the incident, stating that rearresting a person after the court gives its verdict amounted to disrespect of court orders.

“If the police are not satisfied with the ruling they should appeal and follow the laid down processes,” he urged.

Muhuri Chair Khelef Khalifa addressing Journalists at a past event. /FILE

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