GARISSA (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan court on Friday released two foreigners who were
arrested last month at the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya’s Garissa
County on suspicion of having links with the al-Shabab terror group.
Garissa Chief Magistrate Cosmas Maundu said the two—Sulub Warfa from New Zealand
but of Somali origin and Sakawedin Abdullahi from Ethiopia—had no case to answer
and therefore were released unconditionally.
According to the prosecution, the two men’s passports are valid, and they
entered the country legally.
The two foreigners had been held by the anti-terror police for 10 days before
appearing in court on Friday. According to investigators, Warfa had changed his
name from Ramadhan Yusuf to Sulub Warfa.
Addressing journalists outside the court, Warfa said that changing one’s name
in New Zealand is not a crime, adding that this was one of the things that
landed him into problems with the Kenyan police.
"I traveled all the way from Nairobi to Garissa then to Dadajabula but on my
way back I was stopped at a road block at Hagarbul where police officers
demanded my driving license which I produced and then my passport which I also
produced," he said.
"But all of a sudden they told me to pack my vehicle and get out of it as
they drew their guns.
"This really shocked me.
"They searched my car and wanted to hear nothing from me, saying I was a
terror suspect," Warfa told journalists.
He said that terming him a terror suspect without verifying his traveling
documents came as a shock.
He demanded an apology from the police for linking him to terrorism which he
said had not only shocked his family back home but had ruined his reputation.
The arrest of the two foreigners came amid enhanced security in the country
after al-Shabab terrorists struck a hotel and business complex in Nairobi on
Jan. 15, killing 21 people and injuring several others.