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Mall terror suspects to know fate next week

The High Court will on Wednesday next week decide whether or not to release on bond four men accused of aiding the Westgate Mall terrorists.

Nearly 70 people were killed and 175 others injured in the September 21 attack.

After hearing the prosecution and defence counsels yesterday, Chief Magistrate Kiarie Waweru set the date for ruling.

The suspects’ lawyers Mbugua Mureithi and Mwaniki Gachomo objected to the prosecution’s pleas for detaining the four pending their trial set for December 15 to 17 and January 27 to 28.

In an affidavit filed earlier, the prosecution claimed the suspects could take off as they did not have a fixed place of residence. The prosecution also argued that releasing the four was endangering national security since.

Prosecutor James Warui revisited his earlier submission that releasing the four on bond was synonymous to allowing them roam around accomplishing their ideals which included causing mass destruction.