A Somali Man Accused of Taking Part in the Mpeketoni Attack Brought Before Court


Omar Abdurrahman 26 was yesterday brought before a court. According to Daily Nation newspaper from Kenya reported that Omar Abdulrahman, 26, was arrested on August 13 in Lamu West and was being held at Mpeketoni Police Station.

Police said Abdulrahman was among the gang that participated in the mass killings and destruction of property in Mpeketoni Town and the surrounding areas on June 15 and 16. The officer handling the case, Raphael Wanjohi, is attached to the Criminal Investigations Department in Lamu County. He, however, asked the court to grant him 10 more days to complete the investigations.Mr Wanjohi said police wanted to conduct identification, forensic analysis and collect views from several other witnesses.

“We also want to confirm if Abdulrahman was among the killers. I, therefore, request the court to allow police to hold the suspect in custody for 10 more days,” the investigating officer said.The suspect, on his part, asked the court to release him on bond so that he could go for treatment. He said he was suffering from scabies. Instead of 10, Lamu Resident Magistrate David Ireri allowed the police to detain the suspect for four more days.

“I have heard the request by the investigating officer and the suspect. The suspect will be detained for four more days at Mpeketoni Police Station. He should also be taken to hospital,” said the magistrate.The case will be mentioned on Thursday August 21