Kenyan minister seeks to ease tensions over renditions

(Reuters) Kenya’s justice minister told Muslim leaders that rendition of bomb suspects to Uganda was illegal, seeking to allay fears within a community that fears being increasingly targeted by security agents. Mutula Kilonzo said the transfers, which have angered many Kenyans, violated the east African nation’s constitution. Kilonzo blames Kenya’s attorney general, whose office has the power to arrest and prosecute and oversees extraditions. To date the government has taken no overt steps to bring the suspects back to Kenya. Kilonzo says his ministry has done all it can and the next step lies with the attorney general.

Kenya has handed over 13 suspects in connection with a July 11 bomb attack on the Ugandan capital, Kampala, without following correct extradition procedures, rights groups say. A total of 38 people, including Ugandans, Kenyans and Somalis have been charged with terrorism over the twin suicide bombs that ripped through crowds watching the World Cup final in July, killing more than 70 people.

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