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Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Ali Nur wants Somali nationals facing sea piracy charges in Mombasa to be transferred to Somalia to be tried there.

Mr Nur said it was time to transfer these suspects to Somalia, claiming the war-torn country’s judiciary was now functional.

The envoy said this on Sunday at Shimo La Tewa prison in Mombasa while addressing 64 suspected and 43 convicted pirates in the place.

“It is time now the pirates being tried in Kenya be taken back to Somalia instead of giving Kenya the burden of looking after these people,” said Nur.

Nur told cheering prisoners that he will plead with the Kenyan Government to let those who had not completed their jail term to complete them in Somalia.

During the meeting the envoy thanked the Government for assisting Somalia to restore peace in their country.

The prisoners complained of delays in hearing of their cases and asked the ambassador to help them have their cases concluded in time.

Former soldier

Some prisoners accused sailors from various countries policing the Indian Ocean of killing their colleagues and throwing them in the ocean.

They claimed some sailors framed charges of piracy against them and yet they were just fishermen.

Among those who raised complaints included a former soldier with Transitional Federal Government who claimed he was wrongfully arrested by KDF at the border.

Ahmed Iftin who is serving ten years in prison after being convicted by a Garissa court for being in possession of a firearm certificate, complained that he was wrongfully charged.

Iftin, who wept as he explained his ordeal in the hands of local police, said he was not a member of Al Shabaab but a properly trained police officer.

“I was a loyal police officer with TFG and it was just unfortunate that I strayed into the border as we were pursuing Al Shabaab,” he said.

Nur also asked refugees in Kenya to go back to Somalia and help rebuild the country.

He, however, said the 600,000 refugees should not be forced to go back if they were still not willing to.
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