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Four Westgate suspects deny charges

Four men suspected to be involved in the attack on Westgate shopping mall were on Monday arraigned in court and charged for committing terrorism related offences.

The charges included commissioning of a terrorist act, giving support to a terrorist group and harbouring persons committing terrorism activities.

The four, Mohamed Ahmed, Liban Abdullah, Adan Dheq and Hussein Hassan denied all the charges.

The police, through prosecutor Mungai Warui, asked magistrate Dolphine Okundi to give them more time to complete investigations.

The September 21 terrorist attack on the upscale shopping mall left 61 people dead. Somali militant group Al – Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Prosecutor Warui said the four were arrested following intense investigations by the police.

He asked the court to remand the suspects in custody to stop them from interfering with further police investigation.

“The persecution has provided compelling reasons why the accused persons should not be granted bail or bond. The accused persons should be remanded at Kilimani police station for seven days,” said Magistrate Okundi ordered.

Mention has been for November 11, 2013.