Omar Wants U.S. to Release Detainee

Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has urged US President Barack Obama to order the release of terror suspect Abdulmalik Mohammed from Guantanamo Bay.

Mohammed was arrested in Fort Jesus, Mombasa, on February 18, 2007, on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack in Kenya against US installations.

He is yet to be formally charged.

Obama will be in Kenya for a three-day visit.

On Thursday, Omar said it is wrong to detain Mohammed for almost a decade without charging him.

“Abddulmalik was investigated and found to have committed no crime,” the senator said.

He spoke during the celebration of Seacom Foundation’s first anniversary at Longo Primary School in Mtongwe, Likoni.

Omar said Obama campaigned for the presidency on a promise that he will shut down Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba and asked him to fulfil his promise.

He asked the Kenyan government to discuss the release of Mohammed with the US.

Kenyan authorities handed over Mohammed to the US after several stints in Kenyan cells.

He was taken to Guantanamo Bay on March 27, 2007.

Omar was linked to the 2002 bombing of Israeli-owned Kikambala Hotel in Kilifi, according to foreign media reports.

The same reports also linked him to a plot to bomb the 2006 World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa.

Omar said many US policies have caused untold suffering to Muslims worldwide.

He urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to fight for Mohammed’s release.

“Ask for roads, ask for security, ask for equipment, but if you truly love your citizens, ask him to secure Abdulmalik’s release,” Omar said.

Many countries have secured the release of their citizens from Guantanamo Bay.