Bri­ton’s re­lease leaves po­lice with ‘egg on face’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Po­lice on Wed­nes­day evening were forced to re­lease Tom James and his two friends, putting Kenya’s counter-terrorism op­er­a­tions in an awk­ward po­si­tion.

James, 32, is a Bri­tish pub­lic re­la­tions pro­fes­sional work­ing with M&C Saatchi Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, while his friend are Dan­ish cit­i­zen Yas­min Sheikhdoa and Kenyan Zamzam Hus­sein. They were dra­mat­i­cally ar­rested when more than 20 Anti-Terrorism Squad of­fi­cers raided James’s home at Gi­giri on Tues­day.

They were de­tained for two days and re­leased late on Wed­nes­day evening fol­low­ing diplo­matic in­ter­ven­tion from the Bri­tish For­eign Of­fice in Nairobi, a source said.

“The po­lice were un­able to share ev­i­dence they had or planned to use to charge them and to avoid fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment and the trig­ger­ing of a fresh diplo­matic tiff and fur­ther strain on heal­ing Bri­tish-Kenya re­la­tions, they had to re­lease the three of them. But of course with egg on their face,” a source said. Po­lice had linked the three to al Shabaab, ac­cus­ing them of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion.

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