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Kenya attacks: Accused governor bailed

30 June 2014, 11:50

Mombasa - A Kenyan governor facing charges of terrorism and murder after massacres this month in coastal regions was released on bail Monday, court officials said.

Governor Issa Timamy of Lamu county was arrested last week in connection with the killings earlier this month in the town of Mpeketoni and nearby villages.

High Court Judge Martin Muya ruled there were "no grounds to continue detaining him in custody", and released Timamy on bail of five million Kenyan shillings ($57 000).

Prosecution lawyer Alexander Muteti said the governor was "being investigated for the offence of murder, forcible transfer of populations and terrorism related offences".

Despite an immediate claim of responsibility from Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab for the Mpeketoni attack, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has blamed "local political networks" along with an "opportunist network of other criminal gangs".

The accusations have stoked already tense political rivalry between Kenyatta and opposition parties.

Military presence

Timamy is a member of the opposition United Democratic Forum (UDF) party.

He is due to appear again in court in the main port of Mombasa on 16 July.

Survivors of the attack in Mpeketoni reported gunmen speaking Somali and carrying Shabaab flags, executing non-Muslims and saying their actions were revenge for Kenya's military presence in Somalia as part of the African Union force fighting the Islamists.

The attackers appeared to target Mpeketoni because the town is a mainly Christian settlement in the Muslim-majority coastal region, having been settled decades ago by the Kikuyu people, the same tribe as Kenyatta.

Police have also arrested alleged separatists from the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), a group that campaigns for independence of the coastal region.

The attacks have badly dented Kenya's tourist industry at one of its traditionally busiest times of the year, a key foreign currency earner and massive employer for the country.



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