Freed terror suspect abducted, says family

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Liban Abdillahi Omar, a Westgate terror suspect who was acquitted, was on Thursday whisked away by gun-totting men in what appeared to be an abduction.

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Liban Abdillahi Omar, a Westgate terror suspect who was acquitted, was on Thursday whisked away by gun-totting men in what appeared to be an abduction.

The incident happened as Omar left ATPU headquarters on Thursday morning.

Mr Omar had spent the past seven years in and out of court, where he denied abetting the 2013 Westgate Mall attack that left 68 people dead.

Mr Omar is from Somalia and had been living in Kakuma refugee camp.

Freed terrorism suspects usually clear with the remand centre that held them before being released to the ATPU.

His sister Sahra, an aunt and two other relatives had waited patiently for Mr Omar and called a taxi to take him home.

But right next to KCB Towers, a black Subaru drove past the taxi and blocked them, before a group of more than five hooded men in civilian clothes jumped out. Each had an AK47 rifle.

“They were not very young. We demanded their identity and they said they were security officers. They went for Omar and threw him into the boot of the Subaru. They then drove off and left us stranded there,” Sahra said.

Liban Abdillahi Omar, a Westgate terror suspect who was acquitted, was on Thursday whisked away by gun-totting men in what appeared to be an abduction.

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

Muhuri chairman Khelef Khalifa condemned the incident, saying “Rearresting a person after the court gives its verdict amounting to disrespect court orders.”


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

However, Nairobi Central police boss Mark Wanjala said he is not aware of the abduction.

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