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New twist in Awadh/Kimathi terror case

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Mr. Omar Awadh a businessman appearing before a Kampala court together with activist Al-Amin Kimathi.

Hassan Isilow

KAMPALA: Government could now find clear grounds of charging both Omar Awadh Omar, and Al-Amin Kimathi with terrorism, after one of their visiting relatives reportedly tried to arm them with a knife. According to security officials at Uganda’s Luzira prisons, it is alleged that Faridah Hamubu, a mother to Omar Awadh, allegedly attempted to smuggle a knife inside the prison concealed in a pineapple fruit.

The authenticity of this security claim could not be independently verified since Faridah Hamubu, was immediately arrested and whisked away by the anti terrorism police. She is currently being held at Kireka police cells.

Legal experts believe this new twist, whether fabricated or factual, could give Ugandan authorities a strong case against the two men, since Faridah had registered in the Prisons visitor’s book that she was visiting both in-mates.
Another complication in this case is that both Awadh and Kimathi were arrested at the same venue in Kampala on September 15. Legal experts believe the pair needs a strong advocate so as to win the several criminal charges implicated against them.

‘‘I’m still mystified by the allegation that a suspect’s mother could smuggle a knife inside prison, yet she understands the gravity of the offense. No I don’t believe in this allegation’’ said one of the human rights lawyers representing the 7/11 Kampala terror suspects.

Omar Awadh Omar, a Kenyan businessman is being held in Luzira upper prison together with several other Kenyan nationals on charges of terrorism, Murder, and attempted murder.

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Written by africawitness

December 6, 2010 at 1:14 am

Posted in Xenophobia

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