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Kenya's officers admit to to illegal killing of suspects

Officers admit to Al Jazeera that they killed terror suspects in response to orders from the National Security Council

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Dec 2014
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Kenya's General Service Unit (GSU) police officers patrol the scene of a raid in the Likoni area of the coastal port city of Mombasa October 17, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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Kenya's counterterrorism officials have confessed to Al Jazeera English in an interview that they were ordered to assassinate or eliminate suspects extra-judicially (illegally).

Even though President Uhuru Kenyatta and national security council members previously denied these allegations, a counterterrorism police unit officer stated that the orders came from the national security council, made up of the president, deputy president, defence forces chief, inspector general of police, national security intelligence service director, interior cabinet secretary and the interior principal secretary.

One General Service Unit officer triumphantly admitted to personally killing hundreds every year “Since I have been employed, I have killed over 50. I am definitely proud because I have eliminated some problems.”
 
Others however stated how they were unwillingly forced to resort to eliminations due to the weak judicial system in Kenya, "the police have failed to produce strong enough evidence to prosecute terror suspects, with only one conviction recorded," Al Jazeera reported.
 
“If the law cannot work, there’s another option… Eliminate him,” said the proud officer added

Kenya's Muslim minority, has been a "fertile recruitment ground for Islamist militants such as Al Shabab, many Muslims in Kenya feel marginalised by the predominantly Christian government,” Reuters reported.

According to the officers, Western security agencies have supplied the intelligence, they claim that Britain provides training, equipment and intelligence to the units, and that Israel conducts more specific training to the officers.

Britain and Israel, however have denied involvement, where the UK Foreign Office said it had “raised concerns” with Kenya over the “serious allegations.”

The head of the International Bar Association, warned that the alleged complicity of these countries could violate international law.

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