Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Kenyan authorities arrest 3 terrorist convicts who escaped from maximum security prison

Kenyan officials say they have captured three convicted terrorists who escaped from a maximum security prison in Nairobi on Monday.

The three convicts were arrested in Kitui County, central Kenya, after residents reported suspicious-looking people to local authorities.

The three convicts include: Musharraf Abdullah, who was convicted of attempting to attack parliament in 2012; Joseph Juma Odiambo, who was arrested in 2019 for planning to join the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab on the border between Kenya and Somalia; and Mohammed Ali Abikar, who was indicted for his role in al-Shabaab’s attack on Garissa University in April 2015. At least 148 people were killed in that attack, most of them students.

Kenyan media reported that the three men were trying to reach Somalia and had asked people for directions to Garissa.

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Bob Makangi, a constitutional lawyer, says terrorist convicts will be treated like any other prison escapee.

“So, this is a penal code that determines what the court can pronounce against you. It is treated as a misdemeanor, a sentence of about 2-3 years. Now when you go back to jail, the prison authorities [are] Under the guidance of Prison Act and how they deal with different convicts. You expect additional measures to be taken to make sure they are safe.”

Before their escape, the three men were housed inside the committee prison with more ordinary criminals.

The exodus prompted Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to shoot the head of prisons, Wycliffe Ogalo, on Wednesday.


This article is republished from – Voa News – Read the – original article.

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