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Daily Nation : January 31st 2014
DAILY NATION Friday January 31, 2014 SECURITY | Self-confessed terrorist charged with giving police misleading information ‘Terror-leaks’ land man in court 33-year-old accuses police of not doing investigations to establish his claims BY PAUL OGEMBA @PaulOgemba email@example.com A man who last week confessed that he knew of terror activities has been charged with giving false information. Mr Peter Wang’ondu Kiambati alias Abdullah Mohammed, shocked the country with his claim on January 23, but what began as a patriotic gesture to help security agents in their fight against terrorism has landed him in court, with a charge of making false statements and giving misleading information to a police officer. Mr Kiambati, 33, was overwhelmed with emotion as he pleaded with a Nairobi magistrate to release him on bail, maintaining that the information he gave to antiterror police was true and that he did not understand why he was being charged for being a “responsible citizen.” “I was not even arrested, I voluntarily offered to give information to save my country and now I am being persecuted for being patriotic. Police have not even carried out investigations to establish my involvement with Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. They have instead decided to charge me with giving false information,” complained Mr Kiambati. He alleged that from the time he was handed over to the anti-terror officers in Nairobi on Friday last week, he has been tortured and subjected to inhuman conditions. Deserted by kin Mr Kiambati said he regret- ted giving the information to the police, adding that his family had deserted him and no one wanted to be associated with him for fear of victimisation. He further accused the police of going against their promise to protect him, saying they had agreed to set him free after confessing of his involvement with the terror groups. A medical report on his health condition conducted on Wednesday at Nairobi’s PAUL WAWERU | NATION Mr Peter Wang’ondu Kiambati in a Nairobi court yesterday. Kenyatta National Hospital was inconclusive, with a Dr Makanyengo requesting that he be assessed by a panel Authority plans single entry to airport as security stepped up BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The airports authority plans to set up a single entry into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to tighten security at the installation. This comes after the US yesterday issued an alert warning of possible terror attacks at government installations in the country. The move will see Airport South Road closed indefinitely, forcing all travellers to access the airport via Mombasa Road. “We want to ensure that we are able to conduct 80 per cent primary check at one point for the safety of our passengers,” JKIA Deputy Commandant Douglas Kirocho said yesterday. Thorough checks He said police would con- tinue enforcing thorough security checks announced by the airline on Wednesday. The new security measures include checking luggage, frisking occupants of vehicles and asking them to state the nature of their business at the airport. Yesterday, motorists had to endure traffic jam that stretched for more than three kilometres from the airport to Mombasa Road. “We are experiencing delays of three psychiatrists due to the complexity of the case. “The accused says he was BACKGROUND Went to Somalia seven years ago Mr Kiambati last week told police that he travelled to Somalia seven years ago where he converted to Islam and joined the outlawed terror groups; and that he had prior knowledge of the Westgate terror attack. He added that he had travelled to over 30 countries on various missions of Al-Qaeda and that he had bank statements and many other documents that could verify his claims. residing in difficult conditions in a police station and is distressed. I would also like to interview his relatives including his father before I make a report on his medical condition,” said Dr Makanyengo. Senior resident magistrate Melissa Opondo declined to release Mr Kiambati on bond and directed that he be taken to KNH for further medical check-up. The case will be heard on February 7. National News 5 BRIEFLY MUMBAI Dawoodi Bora leader dies, son takes over The spiritual leader of the international Dawoodi Bora community, His Holiness Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, has died. Dr Burhanuddin, the 52nd Dai el Mutlaq, died on January 17 at his residence in Mumbai, aged 102. At the time of his death, he was celebrating his 50th anniversary as the community’s spiritual leader. His son, Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin, whom he had anointed during his centenary birthday, took over as the 53rd spiritual leader of the community that has followers all over the world. NAIROBI Two deny forging travel documents A Sri Lankan and Kenyan businessman were yesterday charged with forging travel documents before a Kibera court. Mr Balasudram Ravindram and Mr Peter Ng’ang’a Karanja denied committing the offence at Grace Villa Building in Nairobi’s Ngara area on January 29. The court heard that the two were found with 30 forged passports, a Mozambican visa, laptops and fake immigrations stamps. They were remanded for three days at Kilimani Police Station to allow investigations. The case will be mentioned on February 4. EVANS HABIL | NATION A police officer frisks a traveller at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi yesterday. and for a moment we were worried we would not make it in time. I travel almost every week and I used to come within an hour or so of my flight but with this check I will have to adjust,” Mr Anthony Karanja said. Mr Kirocho said most motor- ists had complied with the new security directive. “Kenyans understand the need for such measures and they do not feel they are wasting time. We urge the public to continue cooperating and take charge of the security issues by informing authorities of any (unusual) behaviour,” he said. Mr Raja Gypala, who was travelling to India, said the new security measures made him feel safer despite the traffic snarl-up. He urged the government to explore other technologies that can expedite the security checks. “Although it might delay de- partures, security is essential and this actually makes me feel more secure. However, more organisation is needed to speed up the process,” he added. The police were required to inspect all the vehicles heading to the airport. “We are aware that the of- ficers might be overworked but we have to work with the officers we have to secure the national installation,” Mr Kiricho said.
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