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Mombasa senator asks president to intervene in 'missing' youth case

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KHIKAMI OBBAYI
APPEAL: Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar Hassan. Photo/FILE
APPEAL: Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar Hassan. Photo/FILE

Mombasa senator Hassan Omar Hassan has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure justice for a terror suspect Salim Hemed who was arrested on February 2 in a police operation.

Salim Hemed was among those taken into custody by police on suspicion of being involved in recruitment activities by militant group al Shabaab and radicalisation of youths at Majid Musa mosque.

The High Court in Mombasa had ordered police to present Hemed in court on February 17 which they failed to do. The police later told the court that Hemed escaped from their custody after his arrest.

Hemed’s relatives have now applied to the court to have the officers involved in the arrest of Hemed to be charged with murder. Senator Hassan asked the president via his Facebook account to intervene in the investigations and to find out the whereabouts of Hemed.

“I trust that President Uhuru Kenyatta recognises the heavy burden his oath of office places on him to protect and defend the Constitution. This is a heavy responsibility for a leader who constantly ponders over justice and equal application or treatment under the law,” Hassan said.