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Driver denies seeing prisoners jump out of police car

03 April 2014, 16:41 Ken Wekesa

Nairobi - Administration police officer who ferried Masjid Musa raid suspects to Makupa police station, Aden, on Thursday denied seeing some of the suspects escape on February 2.

Petitioners of the missing suspect, Hemed, claimed that he was last seen in the police vehicle that ferried them from Masjid Musa that day.

Aden told justice Edward Muriithi that he did not know the number of prisoners loaded in the vehicle and the police officers who escorted them to Makupa police station during the operation.

“I cannot recall how many prisoners were in the Land. I concentrated on driving the vehicle from Masjid Musa to Makupa police station as directed by my seniors,” Aden said.

Aden is a fourth witness appearing before the court to give his testimony regarding the mysterious disappearance of Hemmed Salim on the February 2 during the Masjid Musa raid.

The Administration Police officer told Justice Muriithi that on the February 2, 2014 he was summoned by the Mombasa AP sub-county Commander, SSP Kosgei to pick him from Makupa, and later proceeded to Makupa Police station.

Aden said at 2 pm he drove SSP Kosgei to Majengo in a convoy of other police cars, and that he parked the vehicle he was driving 100 m away from the Masjid Musa.

“I was then summoned by senior police officers whom I could not clearly identify in person to avail the vehicle for the transportation of the suspects arrested in the mosque,” said Aden.

He said that he joined the transportation team and made three trips to Makupa police and at around 7 pm he was ordered by the senior police officers to pick the police officers at Majengo before proceeding to the Tononoka AP camp where he arrived at 8.45 pm.

Aden said that during the second trip, the vehicle stopped at Lumumba road as some vehicles had barricaded the road at the Saba Saba junction.

“We stopped for a minute at the Saba Saba junction and drove to Makupa after the  vehicles that had blocked the road drove away. I did not see any prisoner escape from the Land Rover,” said Aden.

He was responding to questions during a cross examination by the petitioner's lawyer, Yusuf Abubakar.

Justice Muriithi directed that the case be mentioned on April 9 where an application made by the second petitioner, Okiya Omutata, to have the vehicle used in the operation produced in court and a demonstration made on how police ferried twenty suspects and five police officers in the vehicle.

State counsel, Alexander Muteti had requested the court to provide 25 of the 129 suspects charged in court for the demonstration which is set to take place before Justice Muriithi on April 17, 2014.

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