Published on :
Two of the three defendants were convicted on Wednesday in Kenya of “conspiring” to carry out terrorist action and “supporting” the commando which attacked the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi in September 2013, officially killing 67 people.
Seven years after the attack on the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, in Kenya, in September 2013, the trial started in January 2014 finally delivered its verdict.
Two of the three defendants were found guilty on Wednesday (October 7) of “conspiracy” for terrorist action and “support” for the commando which attacked the center officially killing 67 people.
Magistrate Francis Andayi felt that Mohamed Ahmed Abdi and Hassan Hussein Mustafa had “conspired” and provided support to the four members of the commando, who perished in the attack claimed by radical Somali Islamists Shebab, affiliated with Al-Qaeda. The third defendant, Liban Abdullahi Omar, was acquitted of all charges and immediately allowed to leave the box. The sentences to which the two culprits are sentenced will be pronounced at a subsequent hearing.
“Support for their business”
Mohamed Ahmed Abdi and Hassan Hussein Mustafa “were in constant communication with the attackers, as proved by the prosecution,” the judge said and “although there is no formal proof that (they) have provided material support to the attackers (…) I believe their communications with the attackers provided support to their business. “
Saturday September 21, 2013 at midday, a four-man commando burst into Westgate throwing grenades and indiscriminately firing at traders and customers in this luxurious shopping center in the Kenyan capital, before retreating there.
Then began a siege of four days, broadcast live on television, during which the security forces launched a series of assaults to dislodge the terrorists.
The attack was claimed by Somali Islamists Shebab, in retaliation for the Kenyan military intervention carried out against them in southern Somalia since the end of 2011. The Kenyan army then integrated the African Union force in Somalia (Amisom) and helped drive the Shebabs from many of their strongholds.