Father, son get life sentence over US embassy and Paradise Hotel bombing
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2“The accused harboured one of the most wanted terror suspects, Fazul Abdullah. I therefore pass life imprisonment on them,” said Mr Makori. Abdullah was killed in Somalia in 2011. According to Kenya Police and FBI testimony, Fazul Abdullah was the mastermind of the horrendous bombings in Nairobi and Kikambala. A witness, Tamara Chepkemboi, told the court that she had rented her house at Runda to Abdullah in April 1998 without knowing his true identity. Another witness said Abdullah had been in constant contact with the suicide bomber at Kikambala Paradise Hotel and other terrorists who attempted to shoot down an Israeli plane. Yesterday, the Director of Public Prosecutions urged the court to set an example and sentence the two to the maximum life sentence. State Counsel Daniel Wangila said the sentence should act as an example because of the notoriety of such terror incidents. Mr Wangila said a number of lives were lost as a result of the two convicts’ support of Abdullah and as a result, almost all Kenyans had been affected. “As we down the sentence, we are not only punishing the accused but communicating on behalf of Kenyans,” said Wangila. Hemed, through his lawyer, Jared Magolo, said he was remorseful. “The sentence should not be seen as an act of revenge. He had time to reflect for the 11 years he has been on trial,” said Mr Magolo.