TWO suspects believed to have been behind the July 2010 Kampala bombings have been re-arrested after being deported from Uganda after 8 years in detention.
A Nairobi court ruled that Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia and Mohammed Hamid Suleman, identified by Kenya police as “persons of concern,” be detained for 30 days to allow detectives crack what is believed to be an active local terror cell.
Investigation revealed that the July 12 2010 twin bomb blasts that tore through crowds of World Cup fans were partly planned in Kenya.
The pair were charged alongside others now serving jail terms in the neighbouring country. They were charged with multiple counts of terrorism and murder.
ATPU received the suspects on September 7 2018 at Malaba border after they were deported upon being acquitted in two trials in Uganda, the trial court heard.
The Kampala bombing triggered a flurry of investigations that led to uncovering of an active terrorist cell that was operating in Kenya to which the pair were linked having rented a safe house for planning the attacks, police said.
“Investigation and consequent prosecution of the pair for conspiracy hatched in nairobi was never pursued owing to teb fact that they were arrested and charged in Uganda,” an affidavit filed in the proceedings reads.
ATPU officers told court that having been released from Uganda ” we need time to conduct a debrief with them considering that they have been freely interacting with convicted terror inmates for a period of 8 years.”
“We are in receipt of intelligence reports from our Ugandan counterparts that during their detention, the pair had constant communication with known and convicted Al -Shabaab adherents, ” the affidavit presented by ATPU’s Ezekiel Luley reads.
He said further intelligence report have indicated that the suspects’ associates are planning a terror strike within the country ” as reprisal following their arrest.”
The detective told the court that time is required to study the judgement and proceedings in the Kampala 2010 case to point out and process through Mutual Legal assistance provisions, of evidence that may be needed in furtherance of investigations and prosecuting the conspiracy hatched in Kenya.
“We further need time after the debrief to asses whether, over and above charging the respondents, if there can be any option as regards referring the respondents to the National Counter Terrorism Center for a proper debrief and possible disengagement and de-radicalisation programs,” the affidavit reads.
The suspects will be held for 30 days at an undisclosed location, the court ruled.
Somali Islamist militants claimed responsibility for attack in which 74 people were killed in the twin bombings in Kampala, Uganda.