Former UN official’s company involved in murder of Somali refugee in Kenya, claims Kenyan blogger

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Kenyan police has been running secret police death squads, tasked with assassinating suspected terrorists and criminals, claims refuted by the police.

by Judy Maina, judy.maina@alleastafrica.com

NAIROBI – Kenyan police have killed a Somali refugee who was abducted on the orders of a research company run by a former United Nations official as parts of forced-disappearances and extrajudicial killings that have risen in the east African nation in recent years, a Kenyan blogger claimed.

The controversial blogger Cyrus Nyakundi who posted an email letter purportedly sent by a ‘concerned Kenyan’ said that police abducted and killed Mohamed Ali, a Somali refugee after he declined to collaborate with Sahan Africa Limited run by Mathew Bryden, the former head of United Nations Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group.

“The National Police Service has crack-units under the Directorate of Criminal Investigations who orchestrate killings of ordinary people, at the request of influential people, to settle scores.” Nyakundi said in a post on his blog last month.

In the letter, the source alleged that on the 31st of August there was between employees at Sahan in which they claimed they were going to set up and arrest a Somali refugee by the name of Mohamed Ali because he had declined working with them.

“On Tuesday the 6that 9:42PM, several witnesses confirm that Mohamed Ali was arrested at his house in Mwimuto near the Kanini Kega stage. He was seen by neighbors being escorted by police and efforts for his search have bore no fruit, no police station in Nairobi acknowledges his arrest or having seen him, he is missing.” the letter said.

Alleastafrica would not post addresses, names and phone number of the parties involved in alleged meeting for privacy reasons.

No comment could be reached from Kenyan police on the alleged mysterious murder by their forces.

Mr. Bryden didn’t return to calls seeking comment on the allegations.

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