(AFP) – Dec 19, 2007
NAIROBI (AFP) — Kenyan authorities have deported a British Muslim detained on suspicion of "terrorism ties" in connection with a cache of illegal weapons seized in the country, a rights group said Wednesday.
Graham Andrew Adams, 31, was deported overnight to Britain after being questioned by police over weapons recovered in the capital Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa last week, Muslim Human Rights Forum (MHRF) Chairman Ali-Amin Kimathi told AFP.
"He was removed from the police station, taken straight to the airport and put on a Kenya Airways flight back to London," he said, adding that he had been deported "on the orders of the Kenya Anti-Terrorism Police Unit."
Kimathi met Adams, said to be from Manchester, in the capital's Kamukunji police station where he was being detained.
"He told us that he had nothing to fear being deported back home ... the only problem was that he would miss the opportunity to settle in Kenya and that he did not like the stigma of being deported as a terrorism suspect," Kimathi said.
While in custody, investigators questioned the Briton about ties with some of the six men of Somali origin arrested over the weapons seizure.
A police official told AFP that Adams, who also goes by the name Ahmed Khalid Ibrahim since converting to Islam 13 years ago, was "being investigated over suspected terrorism ties."
The six men of Somali origin were freed on bail on Tuesday after Kenyan courts refused to take the case because police had not charged them within 48 hours of arrest as stipulated by law.
Security forces recovered grenades and guns last week in Nairobi and Mombasa, in one of the largest security swoops in the nation ahead of December 27 elections.
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