Thursday, July 4, 2019

Garissa University attack: Tanzanian and Kenyans get long sentences

A court in Kenya has sentenced a militant Islamist to life in prison for his role in the 2015 Garissa University College attack, which left 148 people dead.

Two other militants were jailed for 41 years each.

The three had earlier been found guilty of conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack and of belonging to al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.

It was the second-deadliest attack in Kenya.


The al-Qaeda bombing of the US embassy in 1998 killed more than 200 people.

Rashid Charles Mberesero, who was given a life sentence, is a Tanzanian, while the other two men, Mohamed Ali Abikar and Hassan Edin Hassan, are Kenyans.

Mberesero was given the longest term because he was arrested at the scene of the massacre and could not explain his presence, the court heard, the AFP news agency reports.

The four gunmen were killed at the scene and the man who plotted the attack, Mohamed Kuno, was killed in a raid in Somalia in 2016.

The trial has been beset by changes of magistrates and witnesses not showing up in court, a situation typical of the Kenyan justice system, reports the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza from Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

The three were eventually convicted last month.

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