Judge Blocks FBI in Bombing Probe
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ A Kenyan judge has blocked the FBI from transporting a suspect in last year’s deadly U.S. Embassy bombings to the United States for questioning, news reports said Saturday.
Justice Philip Waki in the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa on Friday ordered immigration officials not to allow U.S. investigators to take Kenyan mechanic Ali Mahfoudh Salim out of the country, the Daily Nation and the East African Standard reported.
The Aug. 7 bombing in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, killed 213 people and injured 5,400. A near-simultaneous bombing outside the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killed 11 people and wounded 70.
Salim’s attorney had presented documents alleging that FBI agents had seized Salim’s passport and tortured him, the reports said.
The reports could not be independently confirmed.
Two suspects were sent in August from Nairobi to New York, where they were charged in connection with the bombing.
At least 11 suspects, including exiled Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden, have been indicted by a U.S. federal court in the bombings. Most are still at large.
The newspapers said the FBI believes that Salim’s garage could have been used by Mohamed Sadeek Odeh _ one of the two suspects sent to New York in August _ to build the car bomb that destroyed the embassy in Nairobi as well as several adjacent buildings.