EXCLUSIVE: Terrorist Lawyer’s Phone Call Rattles Uganda Police
The lawyer of a suspected terrorist being hunted by Uganda’s security services on Tuesday telephoned police in Kampala, saying her client was not a bloodthirsty extremist as portrayed by the media.
Counsel Nabhira Khalil told off Deputy Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima that Uganda’s most wanted man Mohammed Liban Haji is only being hunted by United States security agencies CIA and FBI simply because he is a “vibrant human rights activist.”
“Yes, it is true Mohammed’s lawyer called me from New York. I told her to advise her client to report at the nearest police station or Interpol so that we clear his name if he is not a terrorist,” Kayima told this reporter today.
This investigative website on Saturday evening broke the news that Mohammed, who was suspected to be on a deadly mission to rip apart Kampala with bomb explosions over the weekend, had sneaked into Uganda.
Police also released the photograph of the suspect being tracked under security control number B-603/7-2012.
“He is also wanted by the United States for terror activities under file number 2012/31982,” said police.
Mohammed was last photographed on June 26 2009 in Virginia, United States.
He was born on January 4 1986 in Somalia though a US national.
Mohammed’s mother was identified as Ali Bella Mohamed.
A taxi driver by occupation, Liban speaks English, Somali and Arabic. Among the countries he has visited are United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and South Africa.
His height is 185cm and weighs 88kilograms. Other body features are black hair and brown eyes.
Speaking to us, Kayima said Mohammed’s lawyer was arrogant and abusive, blaming Uganda security services of chasing “a man because he is a Muslim Somali.”
“I think it was not wise of her to act like that. But when I pressed her, she started pleading. She must know his whereabouts. For us we respect every one’s rights. If he is not a terrorist, Mohammed should deliver himself to police,” said Kayima.
This is the first time in recent history that a lawyer of a suspected terrorist is telephoning police, a source said.
There is also concern that the caller could be an accomplice aimed at hoodwinking the security services to relax in their hunt to enable the terrorist slip through the net and strike Kampala.
The telephone call has now caused a puzzle in the mind of police officers tasked with pursuing the suspected terrorist.
Nevertheless, Kayima said they are following clues that should lead to Mohammed’s arrest.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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