Kenya police say they have 'mistakenly' released an alleged member of Somalia insurgent group Al Shabaab who is wanted on terrorism charges in Australia.
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Police in Kenya say they have mistakenly released a terror suspect wanted in connection with planned attacks in Australia, though there are rumors that a bribe was paid for his freedom. Three Kenyan police and two businessmen have been arrested in connection.
Hussein Hashi Farah was detained this month by Kenyan authorities after crossing into the country from Uganda at the border town of Busia on an Australian passport. The BBC reports that border police conducting a check on the man found his name on an international terror watch list due to “credible information” linking him to a 2009 terror plot against targets in Australia.
"I think there was an oversight – he was handed over to the ordinary duty policemen and they were not given the full information," [spokesman Eric Kiraithehe] said.... "The matter is still under investigation, although the officer who released believes that he released him in an honest and mistaken belief that he was just an illegal migrant who would be dealt with by CID and immigration the following day."
But Australian broadcaster ABC reports it may have been more than an oversight. They say “it is rumored” that a bribe was paid to free Mr. Farah.
Officials in Australia have so far commented on neither Farah’s release nor bribery rumors, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.