On October 30, local time, two Kenyan Somali citizens, Mohamed Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Hassan Mustafa, who were suspected of participating in the terrorist attack on the Westgate Shopping Center in Nairobi.
Respectively “planned and He was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for the crimes of committing terrorist acts and supporting terrorist organizations. The former was sentenced to 15 years for “inciting terrorism” for hiding jihadist propaganda materials on his computer, and 33 years for both crimes.
Since the two suspects have been detained for 7 years since their arrest in 2013, they will actually serve 26 and 11 years in prison respectively.
The third suspect, Liban Abdullah Omar, a Lebanese citizen of Somali origin, was acquitted in the trial that ended on October 7 due to insufficient evidence, but was abducted by a group of militants after his sentence was released the next day.
His whereabouts are still unknown. Some Kenyan media speculated that it might have been “kidnapped” by Kenyan police.
The terrorist attack on the Westgate Shopping Center in Nairobi in September 2013 killed at least 67 people, including at least 62 civilians, 5 security personnel, and 4 terrorists were killed on the spot.
The Somali Al-Shabaab associated with the Al-Qaida organization claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack.