Four terrorists charged with killing 150 people at the Garissa University in a terror attack on April 2, 2015, are set to know their fate on June 18, 2019. Mohamed Abikar, Hassan Edin Hassan, Sahal Dirie and Tanzanian Rashid Charles Mberesero, are staring at the possibility of spending the remaining part of their lives behind bars.
Ambikar, Hassan, Dirie and Mberesero were on January 29 jointly charged with conspiracy to kill 144 students, four security officers and two employees of the university.
They killed two KDF personnel and two police officers who were among the first security officers to respond to rescue the students. Most of the offences the four terrorists are facing are punishable by life imprisonment.
Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi on January 28 said there was sufficient evidence demonstrating the four were responsible for the terror attack. Andayi, however, acquitted the varsity’s watchman Hussein Osman Dagane of all the charges.
Dangane was arrested at the facility a day after the attack allegedly taking pictures. Andayi said the person who claimed to have seen Dangane taking pictures did not testify.
Additionally, the mobile phone call data records establishing prior communication between him and the four terrorists he was charged with, and the four others killed by security officers at the university were not provided during the trial.
Abikar, Hassan, Dirie and Mberesero were, on the other hand, found to have conspired with their four counterparts who died during the attack. They were each facing 150 charges of conspiracy to kill, being members of a terrorist group al-Shabaab and carrying out a terror attack. They were also convicted for being unlawfully present in Kenya.
A total of 21 witnesses testified against them including students who survived the horrible dawn attack. Postmortem reports of 125 bodies were presented before the court as an exhibit during the trial of the suspects.
Prosecutors Duncan Ondimu and Caroline Singei relied heavily on direct and circumstantial evidence to establish the case of a conspiracy between the convicted terrorists and four others killed during the attack.
Source: Tuko News