Terror suspect set for extradition to Germany

June 14, 2012

standardmedia.co.ke on June 13, 2012 released the following:

“By Cyrus Ombati

A man suspected to have been behind the bombing of a building in Nairobi last month that claimed one life and injured more than 30 people will stand trial in Germany.

Top police officers in Nairobi said even though Emrah Erdogan alias Imraan Al Kurdy alias Salahaddin Al Kurdy was wanted in the country over terrorist attacks, they had no objection to his deportation to Germany.

“Although he was a member of Al Shabaab and was in Kenya illegally, Germany had issued a warrant of arrest for him through the International Police (Interpol) earlier,” said police.

He was arrested in Tanzania to where he fled after masterminding the detonation of what was later identified to be a deadly fertiliser bomb.

The bomb ripped off the roof of Assanands building along Moi Avenue in Nairobi’s Central Business District and destroyed business premises.

Police have been hunting for the suspect who was suspected either to have been hiding in the country or fled to Uganda.

Interpol had apparently issued a red notice to the regional states last Tuesday asking authorities to arrest Erdogan and have him deported to German to face terror related charges. A red notice is issued for arrest or provisional arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition.

Burden in prosecution

“He could be deported to German anytime now. There was a red notice from the Interpol asking for his arrest and deportation to Germany,” said a senior officer who asked not to be named.

Interpol had asked for his and other terror suspects’ fingerprints and other personal details before they issued the notice, officials said.

The official added that Tanzanian authorities informed them at the weekend they had arrested Erdogan, who crossed there through the coastal region.

Other sources said Kenya did not want to try Erdogan because he would be a burden to them in prosecution and jailing. Anti-Terror Police Unit in Nairobi said they were waiting to be supplied with statements that were recorded from Erdogan.

“He has talked and recorded much on his being in the region and those he probably got in touch with but our colleagues are yet to give us the details,” said another officer.

Deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said a team of detectives had been dispatched to Tanzania to get more information regarding the arrest. “Erdogan is someone we have been looking for and we have sent our officers to Tanzania to be part of the ongoing investigation,” he said.

The suspect who is a German of Turkish origin is believed to have travelled to Waziristan in north-west Pakistan in early 2010 where he joined a militant Islamist group before going to Somalia last year, police said.”


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