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Warrant of arrest against detective investigating White Widow lifted

15 August 2014, 09:19 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A Mombasa a court on Thursday lifted the warrant of arrest issued against the detective investigating the case of Samantha Lewthwaite alias White Widow.

Lewthwaite is believed to be a close associate of Mr Germaine Grant, who is in police custody facing terrorism charges.

The court had issued the warrant of arrest against the police officer after he defied two court summons issued to him.

In an affidavit, the investigating officer informed the court that he had failed to appear for fear of his safety given that the White Widow is a well organised terrorist with informers anywhere.

The investigating officer said the investigations surrounding the whereabouts of Lewthwaite are complex and would be compromised, and her arrest would be more difficult if she is still hiding in Kenya.

The White Widow was charged in absentia for being in possession of explosive material. She was suspected to have been planning to bomb hotels and joints visited by British and American nationals in East Africa.

The state prosecutor, Eugene Wangila had earlier asked the court to issue the warrant against the detective after he failed to honor court summons to explain why he had not arrested the suspect.

Earlier, the detective had told the court that Lewthwaite had well established networks globally and her ability to camouflage had made her arrest more difficult.

Senior magistrate Maxwel Gacheru lifted the warrant against the detective and set October 28 as case mentioning date.

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