Kenyan radical preacher freed on bail

2012-09-17 13:36
Picture: <a href=>Shutterstock</a>

Picture: Shutterstock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mombasa - A Kenyan court released on bail on Monday a radical Kenyan preacher charged with inciting deadly riots, and accused by the US of supporting Somalia's al-Qaeda linked militants.

Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, also known as Makaburi, is charged with three counts of inciting violent protests in Kenya's main port city of Mombasa, after the assassination there last month of fellow Islamist cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed.

Ahmed has denied encouraging that violence, which saw two days of running battles, with grenades hurled at two police trucks, killing three officers and wounding over a dozen others.

"I have not seen any compelling reasons to deny the accused his constitutional rights of being out on bond," judge Elvis Micheka told the court Monday.

Ahmed was ordered to pay a million shilling (12,000 dollars, 9,000 euro) cash bail, as well as other sureties.

Trial was set for 29 October.

Ahmed - like the murdered cleric, popularly known as Rogo - was also on United States sanctions list for allegedly supporting neighbouring Somalia's extremist Shabaab, including by recruiting and fundraising for the group.

Following Rogo's murder by unknown gunmen, Ahmed is alleged to have called out to supporters to target security officers and to torch churches in Mombasa.

Rogo's supporters accused the security forces of murdering him, calling his death an "extra-judicial killing". The police reject the claim and have appealed for help in hunting down those responsible.

Ahmed had handed himself over to the court in early September, telling local media he feared for his life.

Both Ahmed and Rogo had fiercely opposed Kenya's invasion of southern Somalia last year to attack Shabaab bases.

The US Treasury alleges that Ahmed is a "leading facilitator and recruiter of young Kenyan Muslims for 'action' in Somalia".

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  al-qaeda  |  kenya  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.