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Mpeketoni attack suspects have case to answer, Court declares

28 January 2016, 13:24

Nairobi - Two suspects accused of organizing the Mpeketoni terror attack in which over 60 people died have a case to answer, a Court has announced.

The Daily Nation says that upon evaluation of evidence, a case against Mahadi Swaleh Mahadi, alias Jesus, and Dyana Suleiman, has been established to put them on their defence.

The two are accused of having led the attack which took place in 2014 on two separate occasions.

While making the ruling, Justice Martin Muya directed that two defend themselves against the accusations.

The two are alleged to have participated in the killing of 60 people in June 2014 at Mpeketoni and Kaisairi Village within Lamu County.

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The lead prosecution counsel Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti assisted by a team of prosecutors closed the prosecution’s case after calling thirty two witnesses.

Capital News reports that on June 15, Kenya woke up to the shocking news merciless slaughter which left a trail of destruction and deaths of mostly men in the quiet village in Mpeketoni.

According to police, dozens of bodies were found sprawled on the ground in the town, while others were found soaked in blood in houses.

Even before the world digested the news of the tragedy, Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab claimed responsibility of the attack.

The court relied on evidence submitted by the prosecution to determine if the two suspects are responsible for the 60 deaths.

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