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Nairobi Chief magistrate hands down 'life' and 'long-term' jail
sentences to terror convicts of Garissa students massacre

 

by Chris Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A Kenyan court on Wednesday jailed three convicts for abetting the Garissa University terror attack where 148 people, mainly students, were killed and several others injured in April 2015.

Nairobi chief magistrate Francis Andayi sentenced Mohammed Abdi Abdikar and Hassan Edin Hassan to 41 years in prison while Rashid Mberesero was handed a life imprisonment for his involvement in the terror act.

Andayi said Abdikar and Hassan were found to be remorseful and were not found at the scene of crime after being arrested at different places in Garissa and Mandera in northeast Kenya, while Mberesero who was found at the scene of crime had indicated he was going to join al-Shabab in Somalia.

Andayi said evidence against Abdikar and Hassan does not make them as principal offenders but secondary offenders and thus sentenced them to 41 years.

On April 2, 2015, armed al-Shabab gunmen stormed Garissa University and shot indiscriminately, killing 148 people, among them students and security officers and injuring 79.

Kenya has been rocked by a series of terror attacks by al-Shabab since 2011 when its troops joined a UN-backed security force that is seeking to tackle the al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Kenya and the United Nations to host regional conference on counter-terrorism

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya and the United Nations (UN) will host a two-day regional conference on counter-terrorism at the United Nations Office in Nairobi during July 10-11 to seek ways of eliminating the threats from the region.

The African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism will bring together heads of government and ministers of interior, security and foreign affairs, the UN said on Wednesday.

The conference will also be attended by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as well as heads of counter-terrorism agencies, in addition to international organizations, civil society and leading think tanks to address the terrorism threats faced by African countries.

According to the event organizers, the counter-terrorism conference will enable African leaders to share good practices in countering terrorism.

Kenya has been blaming al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants and their sympathizers residing in the country for attacks in the country in recent years especially in Nairobi, Mombasa and northern regions.
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African officials urge enhanced fight against graft in police service

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- African countries should intensify the fight against graft within the police service to boost its integrity and ability to serve the public, officials said on Wednesday.

Noordin Haji, director of Public Prosecution of Kenya, said corruption was a big threat to achieving police accountability and democratic governance, hence the need to root it out.

"Fighting corruption within government institutions is crucial in enhancing accountability within the police force and enhancing proper governance," Haji said during the International Conference on Police Accountability in Africa taking place in Nairobi.

Haji said that holding police accountable was crucial to enhance provision of security, welfare, rights and citizen’s freedom.

"In order to achieve effective accountability, oversight institutions and processes are necessary for the institutionalization of democratic policing culture and practices," said Haji.

Charles Owino, Kenya Police Spokesman, called on the members of public to cooperate with the police to help them realize their mandate of offering security.

"To discharge the mandate, the police are vested with the powers of surveillance, arrest, investigation, seizure and interrogation. Members of the public need to come on board to provide the vital information to the officers to help them realize this important mandate," said Owino.

"Police agencies are an integral part of the state and the only means by which the coercive powers of the government are exercised," he added.

Owino said that for a long time the public had not appreciated the importance of police accountability and the role they play in promoting human rights.

"We must not underestimate the importance of our police officers. A primary mandate of the police is to protect the life, property, dignity, rights and freedoms of citizens from violations. We need to appreciate what they do," said Owino.
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SEE ALSO:

United States offering assistance and condemns Garissa attack

Police launch manhunt for two terror suspects as college is closed

Five suspects now charged over 'al- Shabaab' Garissa massacre

Garissa Inland Church marks third anniversary of terror attack

Terror-hit Garissa university reopens nine months after massacre

Garissa University attack mastermind killed in Southern Somalia

Kenya Garissa University College rises from student terror attack

Kenyan court finding three terror suspects are 'guilty' over attack

 

 

FURTHER READING:

Kenya Court sentences three for role in Garissa University terror attack

On April 02, 2015, gunmen stormed Garissa University College
in Garissa, Kenya, killing 148 people, and injuring 79 or more

 

           

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