There was tension at the Milimani Law Courts on Tuesday after officers from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit surrounded the institution. The officers formed a protective barrier around the court were 3 suspects linked to the Westgate terror attack of September 21, 2013, awaited their fate.
By press time, the presiding magistrate was yet to issue a ruling on the fate of the suspects.
More officers were sent to the court after it emerged that the Al Shabaab militants had attacked a Mandera bound bus. The ATPU was meant to offer protection in case the suspects sympathizes opted to rescue them.
The three suspects awaiting their sentencing include Liban Abdullahi, Hussein Mustafa, and Ahmed Abdi. They are facing about 12 counts related to the attack.
They are jointly charged with counts one and two with a commission of a terrorist act and conspiracy to commit a terrorist act respectively, contrary to the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
They are also charged with giving support to a terrorist group, aiding a terrorist group, and being in the country illegally. Prosecutors spent more than five years gathering evidence against the men, in part because more than 145 witnesses offered their testimony.
During the attack, at least 67 people were killed in the assault on the upmarket Westgate shopping complex. Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.