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Lack of evidence sees Masjid Musa suspects released

26 February 2014, 16:42 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Lack of evidence has been blamed for the release of 41 Masjid Musa mosque suspects by a court sitting in Mombasa.

The 41 were released Wednesday by the Mombasa magistrate's court in Shanzu for lack of sufficient evidence by police in a case in which they were being accused of harbouring terrorists and violent acts.

Magistrate Richard Odonyo had no choice but to release the 41, saying the police had failed to provide sufficient evidence to force charges on the said suspects.

" There is no evidence to support claims that the accused participated or facilitated the said events and thus the court grants them release, he said.

29 others though, will be charged by police for participating in running battles with police at the mosque early this month and were released on a bond of KES 500,000 each after denying the charges.

The release of the 41 follows the earlier release of 40 others who were also deemed not to have committed any offences.

70 people have been in custody regarding the incident at the mosque.

Mohammed Abdi, whose son Farah was released could not hide his joy at the ruling.

" Praise be to Allah. We have seen our sons tortured and treated with disdain but finally God has seen to it that the truth comes out, he said.

The government has insisted that the Masjid Musa Mosque, among others are centers of radicalization that are frequented by terror group Al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab has been a cause of concern at the coast, with a spate of grenade attacks on tourist targets and public facilities causing havoc.

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