By Abdiweli Aden:
Eight of the 12 Islamic clerics arrested on October 4 in Mandera County’s Hareeri location were on Thursday released by a Mandera court.
The suspects, arrested on suspicion of radicalizing youth in the area and recruitment for Al-shabaab were however directed by Mandera Resident Magistrate Dancun Mtai to report to the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) every two weeks until further orders are issued by the court.
Those freed are Mr Ahmed Noor Adan, Mr Abdi Mohamed Ahmed, Mr Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed, Mr Osman Abdullahi Mude, Mr Yusuf Maalim Mohamed, Mr Adan Ibrahim Issack, Mr Abdi Mohamed Adan and Mr Abdiaziz Hassan Issack.
Their release comes after the ATPU through State Counsel Allen Mulama moved to court seeking orders to release the eight and force them to report to their offices for further investigations.
“We want them to be reporting at the offices to aid investigations that are still underway for the remaining four suspects and we have considered their constitutional rights and by this fact, we came to court before the five days granted on Tuesday expired,” submitted Mr Mulama.
The court on Tuesday gave ATPU the green light to keep the suspects in detention for five more days to allow them carry out investigations.