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Cleric claims police 'planted' grenades in his house

03 April 2014, 16:41 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A muslim cleric arrested by police for being in possession of hand grenades in his house has said that police planted them to force through the arrest.

Hassan Mahati Omar and his wife were arrested Monday 1 April by police in Eastleigh Nairobi following a swoop in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in the area which killed six people.

Police alleged that the couple had the grenades in their sitting-room and have accused them of handing out the explosive devices to youth to use in terrorist acts.

The two, who were presented before a Nairobi court Thursday however said that the police had planted the grenades in their house in a bid to have them arrested.

Through their laywer Chacha Mwita, they insisted that the police had done the planting and that they would prove that it was the case.

The prosecution though got their way by denying the couple bail with the case set to be heard on Thursday April 17, 2014, by claiming that that two are dangerous and will help with ongoing investigations.

The couple are among 657 persons that were arrested by police following the Monday bombings that took place in Eastleigh.

So far, police are yet to arrest persons that directly took part in the bombings.

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