Two of the three defendants were convicted on Wednesday in Kenya of “conspiring” to carry out terrorist acts and “support” the command that attacked the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi in September 2013 and officially killed 67 people.
Seven years after the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2013, the trial, which began in January 2014, has finally handed down its verdict.
Two of the three defendants were convicted on Wednesday (October 7) of “conspiracy” for terrorist acts and “support” for the command that attacked the center, which officially killed 67 people.
Magistrate Francis Andayi estimated that Mohamed Ahmed Abdi and Hassan Hussein Mustafa had “conspired” and given support to the four members of the command, who were killed in the attack claimed by radical Somali Islamists Shebab, affiliated with al-Qaeda. the accused, Liban Abdullahi Omar, was acquitted of all charges and was allowed to leave the box immediately. The verdicts for which the two culprits are sentenced will be decided at a subsequent hearing.
“Support for their activities”
Mohamed Ahmed Abdi and Hassan Hussein Mustafa “were in constant communication with the attackers, as proved by the prosecutor”, the judge said and “although there is no formal evidence that (they) gave material support to the attackers (…) I believes that their communication with the attackers supported their activities. “
On Saturday, September 21, 2013 at noon, a four-man commando stormed into Westgate and threw grenades and undoubtedly shot traders and customers in this luxury mall in the Kenyan capital before storming in to stop.
Then began a siege of four days, broadcast live on television, during which the security forces began a series of abuses to get rid of the terrorists.
The attack was claimed by Somali Islamists Shebab, in retaliation for the Kenyan military intervention against them in southern Somalia since the end of 2011. The Kenyan army has since integrated the African Union force in Somalia (Amisom) and helped drive the Shebabs from many of their strongholds.