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Four witnesses in Westgate trial testify in camera

A case in which four people are facing charges in relation to Westgate terrorist attack was on Thursday heard in camera.

Prosecuting Counsel Mungai Warui made an application to have four witnesses give their evidence in camera saying they are under the witness protection program.

According to the prosecutor, the witnesses sold a vehicle to people who later turned out to be suspected terrorists and are still at large.

Defence lawyers Chacha Mwita and Mbugua Mureithi did not object to the application by the prosecution to have its witnesses give testify in camera.

Nairobi acting chief magistrate Mr Daniel Ochenja allowed the application and directed the court to be cleared except the parties involved.

Adan Abdikadir, Mohamed Abdi, Liban Abdullah and Hussein Hassan allegedly on September 21 last year jointly with others not before court carried out a terrorist attack at Westgate Shopping mall.

Other charges facing some of the accused include giving support to terrorist group and habouring of persons committing a terrorist acts.

During the last hearing of the case, the court heard that a human skull, jaw, bones and 10 kilograms of flesh were recovered at the ground floor of Westgate shopping mall during investigations after the attack.

Anti-Terrorist Police Unit investigator Sergeant Ezekiel Luley said the recovered human remains were taken for forensic examination.

Mr Luley told the court that they also said they recovered seven firearms among them a G3 rifle and magazines.

Among the firearms, the court heard, three AK 47 rifles attached to magazines were recovered in the same place at the ground floor.