Freed hostage: I've never seen Kenyan suspect
26 June 2012, 11:01
Lamu - A British woman freed from captivity by
Somali pirates in March told a Kenyan court on Monday she had never seen
the man accused by Kenyan authorities of her kidnap, dealing a
potential blow to the prosecution's case.
Judith Tebbutt, who
testified from Britain via a video link, was abducted from a remote
beach resort near the Somali border in September by gunmen who shot dead
her husband, David, before escaping by speedboat.
"I have never seen this man before," Tebbutt said, referring to the Kenyan suspect Ali Babitu Kololo.
was not one of the men who took me out of the banda [beach cottage]. He
was not present on the boat [nor] held me during the time I was in
captivity," she told the court.
Kololo, who was sacked from his
job at the Kiwayu Safari Village several months before the attack, faces
charges of robbery with violence and kidnapping with intention to
murder. Robbery with violence is a capital offence in Kenya.
has had stable diplomatic relations with war-torn Somalia, but sent
troops into its troubled neighbour last October in pursuit of
al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels, accusing the militants of
cross-border attacks on its territory.
Kololo has pleaded not guilty. The case continues.