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Family denies harboring the 1998 American Embassy bomber for 7 months

24 March 2015, 09:15 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A family suspected of harboring the slain Somali terror suspect, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed who was suspected to have orchestrated the 1998 Kikambala Bombing has denied having ever met Fazul.

Mahfudh Ashur Hemed and his son, Ibrahim Mahfudh Ashur, in their defense before senior magistrate Maxwell Gicheru informed the court that their family had never hosted Fazul in their home in Malindi.

Hemed further said that he learnt of Fazul's death in court after the investigating officer divulged information on his shooting after he defied orders to stop for regular check up by traffic police in Mogadishu Somalia.

Hemedi is said to have hosted the Fazul for 7 months in his house, after the Kikambala attacks.

He also informed the court that he was not aware of the Kikambala attacks as alleged by the intelligence report that the attacks were tactfully planned from Hemedi's house by Fazul.

Ashur informed the court that on the day of his arrest, he was returning from a friend’s home where he had gone to conduct a revision for his end of year exams.

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He denied the report by intelligence that indicated he was arrested while leaving a cyber café where he is alleged to have downloaded some photographs and other information said be written in Arabic for Fazul.

The intelligence report further indicated the Ashur and her late Mother had knowledge of Fazul and were hosting him in their home in Malindi after he was suspected to have conducted the 1998 Embassy bombing and the Kikambala bombing.

However, Ashur accused the ATPU and the FBI agents of torturing him while escorting him to the CID headquarters in Mombasa.

“The police who arrested me had me blind folded and threatened to shoot me and throw my body in Gede forest,” said Ashur.

The duo is facing charges of accessory after the fact of murder, jointly and having knowledge that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed did on August 7, 1998 in Nairobi within Nairobi County murder 219.

The case is set to continue on April 9, 2015.

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