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Libya affirms its strong stand beside Sudan in the face of Ocampo’s allegations

Posted by African Press International on August 4, 2008

SUNA- The envoy of the Libyan Leader, Dr. Ali Abdel-Salaam Al-Teraiki, has affirmed rejection to the allegations of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Ocampo, against Sudan, describing the act as a political one and contravenes all the international laws and charters, announcing the Libyan Jamahiriyah’s strong stand beside Sudan.

In a press statement following his meeting with Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha at premises of the Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers Saturday, Al-Teraiki said the ICC prosecutor’s allegations were a plot that targeted peace, unity and stability of Sudan.

He added that the meeting discussed developments concerning the Sudanese-Chadian relations in the light of decision issued by the President of the Republic on restoration of the diplomatic relations between Khartoum and N’djamena and normalization between the two countries and cooperation concerning security in the area, referring to the importance of joint work between Sudan and Libya for finding a solution to Darfur issue and helping Chad in solving its internal problems.

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President Al-Bashir affirms Sudan’s rejection to deal with International Criminal Court

Posted by African Press International on August 4, 2008

President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir affirmed Sudan’s rejection to deal with the International Criminal Court (ICC) based on its legal, political and diplomatic rights. Addressing the international Popular Rally for Solidarity with Sudan held at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum Sunday, President Al-Bashir renewed his confidence in the Sudanese judiciary, other organs of the state, political parties and the civil society organizations.

President Al-Bashir affirmed Sudan’s keenness to press ahead with the peaceful solution of Darfur issue through the initiative of the people of Sudan with participation of all parties and respect of the government to all its regional and international commitments. President Al-Bashir announced his determination to press ahead with the democratic process and holding the general elections in its fixed date, reiterating commitment of the government to continue in the development programs. He said that the peace process is going on irrespective of plots and conspiracies.

The President said Sudan has been able to end the longest civil war in Africa and realized peace in South and East of Sudan in addition to the return of the opposition alliance to participate in the government, affirming that Abuja agreement is the basis for peace in Darfur, referring to the efforts of the government to realize agricultural development and establishing housing projects for weak categories and ratification of the Elections Act.

He said the arrogant states lead a campaign of returning colonization to Sudan through moving the agendas of war, pointing out that Sudan is the first sub- Saharan African country to achieve its independence. President Al-Bashir asked America, Britain and France to apologize to the African people for the massacres they committed against them in Sudan, Algeria and other countries and to return wealth that they looted.

He pointed in this regard to Britain killing of tens of thousands of Sudanese people in its campaign against Mahdism. He said the neo-colonialism does not benefit from its predecessor, asking the colonialist countries to wash their hands from the blood of the peoples and return resources that they looted. President Al-Bashir praised the African Union, Arab League, Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Non-Aligned Movement, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and all sisterly and friendly countries for their stand beside Sudan.

He also hailed the international, regional, Arab, African trade unions and Sudan Workers Trade Unions Federation and the civil society organizations.

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Top al-Qaeda man now back in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on August 4, 2008

By Caroline Mango, Paul Gitau and Cyrus Ombati

A suspected Al-Qaeda mastermind and key suspect of the 1998 American Embassy bombing in Nairobi is in Kenya, but has eluded a police dragnet.

Fazul Abdullah Mohamed escaped arrest in Malindi at the weekend after sneaking into the country from Somalia a few days earlier.

Fazul beat the police in his trails by an hour when he left a house he had been staying for the past week.

The suspect has previously escaped four police dragnets.

A police officer guards a house at Mimdan ,Malindi where two Al-Qaeda suspects were arrested yesterday. INSET: Terror suspect Fazul Abdalla Mohammed.

[PHOTO: OMONDI ONYANGO/STANDARD]

And yesterday, top security officers held daylong meetings, as others interrogated the two arrested suspects. Details of the meetings were scanty, but sources said they strongly believed that Fazul was in the country.

The East African region Al-Qaeda operative is linked to two fatal bombings the 1998 US Embassy bombing in Nairobi that claimed 218 lives, including American Embassy officials, and the Paradise Hotel Bombing in Kikambala, Mombasa, in 2002. Twelve people lost their lives.

During the police operation on Saturday night, Fazuls two aides were arrested.

Officials tracking down the suspect disclosed yesterday that Fazul had been in the country for several days seeking treatment for a kidney ailment.

Anti-terror police, with the aid of other local and international sleuths, combed major joints and estates in Mombasa and Malindi yesterday following reports that Fazul could be hiding in the towns.

Two international passports and several other documents that police termed vital were found in a house where the two aides were.

“We confiscated two of what we believe are Fazuls passports, which bear different names. We are also in possession of several other documents belonging to Fazul and his aides,” said a police source.

The two terror suspects were flown to Nairobi yesterday for interrogation at an undisclosed place. They were initially quizzed for hours at the Coast Provincial CID offices.

Police identified them as a Mr M. Mahfudh and his son, Ibrahim.

The ailing Fazul is believed to have been shuttling between Mombasa and Malindi districts in the past week looking for a suitable doctor who could attend to his problem.

“Intelligence reports show that Fazul arrived in Kenya from Somalia several days ago and went into hiding in Malindi for medical check up.

“He shuttled between Mombasa and Malindi, seeking treatment for his kidney condition. He also met several aides in secret meetings,” said a senior police source.

The police raid took place at Casuarina in Malindi, an upmarket estate near the Malindi District Hospital.

Malindi OCPD Gregory Waikwa confirmed the police operation, but declined to explain its nature.

“We believe the two suspects in our custody have been harbouring the most wanted suspect for days in the Malindi house. It is from here that they planned for medication for him after he failed to get them in Somalia,” they said.

Several contingents of police visited hospitals and clinics in Mombasa and Malindi in search of the wanted terrorist.

The main borders were closely monitored to ensure he did not get out. Security agents were also on alert in Nairobi on Sunday.

Fazul, the suspected leader of Al-Qaeda in East Africa, has tried to attack Kenya five times in the past ten years and has succeeded twice, with devastating results.

Some 218 Kenyans were killed and another 5,000 injured in the 1998 Nairobi bombing. He has a US $5 million (Sh325 million) bounty on his head.

Other unconfirmed reports indicated that another terror suspect, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, wanted for interrogation over the 2002 attacks in Mombasa against a hotel and an airliner, was in the vicinity.

“We are trying to establish their mission here, but we appeal for anyone with information regarding their whereabouts to let us know,” said the police.

On Thursday, Kenya will mark a decade since terrorists blew up the American Embassy in Nairobi.

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Fazul: The making of a master terrorist

Posted by African Press International on August 4, 2008

ByKAMAU NGOTHO
In Summary
  • Fazul was a recluse who twice contemplated suicide but was talked out of it by his teacher.
  • He went to study medicine in Pakistan but he abandoned the medical course midway to study religion.
  • In his al-Qaeda career, he has successfully passed himself off as a Kenyan, a Somali, a Sudanese, a Moroccan, a Yemeni, and a South Asian.

Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the leader of al-Qaeda in East Africa, has tried to attack Kenya five times in the last 10 years and has succeeded twice with devastating results.

He succeeded 10 years ago this week, killing 218 Kenyans and injuring another 5000 in the Nairobi bombing.

Four years later he struck again at the Paradise Hotel, killing 13. The security services have thwarted him three times, the last time as recently as last year. In 2003 he planned to smash a hijacked plane into the new American embassy at Gigiri.(For full story see Mondays Daily Nation.)

Like Adolf Hitler, Fazul is consumed by hatred and spends his reputedly considerable talents plotting the massacre of thousands. Kenya appears to be one of his favourite targets.

If it is true that the environment in which one grows up determines ones character, then Fazul is a textbook case study.

The Comoros islands off the coast of southern Tanzania where one of the key architects of the Nairobi terrorist attack was born is a melting pot of chaos and bloodshed.

Since attaining pseudo-independence from France in 1975, the Indian Ocean archipelago has gone through 11 bloody military coups, six of them successful. Three of the eight presidents who have ruled the islands have been assassinated.

The current president, Ahmed Abdullah, is in power only courtesy of an AU peace-keeping force, notwithstanding four attempts on his life in which he escaped by a whisker.

With a life expectancy below 40 years, a newborn Comoro child enters a life paved with a thousand ways to a quick death.

In every major street in the capital, Moroni, there is an abandoned shell-shattered building, a stark reminder that life is a privilege in the country of just over 100 000 souls.

And there is a vandalised presidential palace and the tomb of the islands founding monarch to illustrate mayhem is no respecter of persons in the islands that the gods forsook.

The Sunday Nation journeyed to the Comoros, interviewed many intelligence officers, was allowed access to newly declassified documents and has reviewed many other in the public domain to build this story of the man who is Kenyas Public Enemy Number One.

According to those who grew up with him in Moroni, Fazul was a recluse who twice contemplated suicide but was talked out of it by his teacher at the Muslim madrasa, Fundi Muhammad Ali.

Apparently in later life, his fantasies changed from a wish to kill himself to killing others by the thousands. The change coincided with the coming into his life of his second mentor, a radical politician and preacher, Soidiki M Bapandza.

But the obsession to kill would be preceded by a wish to save lives when Fazul went to study medicine in Pakistan. Midway he abandoned the medical course to study religion. That, too, he abandoned midstream to take up his real calling, guerrilla warfare and terrorism.

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Kenya: Terms of 9 in anti-graft team end

Posted by African Press International on August 4, 2008

BySAMWEL KUMBA
In Summary
  • Harsh judgment awaits the officers whether or not they seek an extension of their terms which begun in mid-August, 2004.
  • The KACC chairman has confirmed that the process of having the board members replaced has already been set in motion.
  • He has defended the performance of the board even in how they handled the Grand Regency case saying its operations were all above board.

The terms of nine of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission board members, including that of the chairman Allan Ngugi is expiring in one month’s time.

And with indications that they dont have much to show for their tenure, harsh judgment awaits the officers whether or not they seek an extension of their terms which begun in mid-August, 2004.

The chairman has confirmed that the process of having the board members replaced has already been set in motion.

Sources privy to preliminary discussions at Departmental Committee on Administration of Justice and Legal Affairs headed by Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed told Sunday Nation that renewal of their contracts would be the last option given their performance over the last four-year term.

However, Mr Ngugi defended the performance of the board even in how they handled the Grand Regency case saying its operations were all above board.

According to him, KACC in general was being unfairly accused as having taken part in the sale of the hotel.

Midstream

And as you will see from the necessary documentation, we had watertight agreements with Kamlesh Pattni.

“In fact in the agreement we had agreed that even if Pattni was to change his mind from signing the necessary documentation midstream, the assistant registrar of the High Court was to sign on his behalf, explained Mr Ngugi.

Mr Ngugi succeeded Ahmednasir Abdullahi, the then Law Society of Kenya Chairman, who was the Chairman of the Board form August, 2003.

KACC spokesperson Nicholas Simani too confirmed and told Sunday Nation that the process had been initiated as stipulated in the law.

Contacted for comment the Departmental Committee on Administration of Justice and Legal Affairs vice chairman Millicent Odhiambo said although they had not received the letter that Mr Ngugi said he sent to them, the issue had been raised at their meeting.

We had discussed it in our last meeting and agreed that we will write to the Minister for Justice, to ask her to hasten the process given the limited time available, explained Ms Odhiambo.

But the chairman had earlier dispelled any fears about time schedule saying there is no lacuna even if the expiry date were today.

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