In a nasty back and forth in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa, Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo was murdered in his car in the presence of his family, and in response Muslim youth have rioted through the city, leaving one dead and a police car torched.
It is believed by many that Rogo was assassinated by Kenyan police, who have made it a tacit policy to murder suspected Muslim terrorists. Rogo’s wife was shot in the foot at that time, while Rogo’s father and daughter looked on. His wife yelled at police when they tried to assist:
“It is you policemen who have killed him, we don’t want a post-mortem or any help from you.”
The Muslim Human Rights Forum condemn Rogo’s assassination, determining it to be an “extrajudicial killing” the likes of which have left many suspected terrorists either kidnapped or murdered.
The allegations may have credence, as just last month Rogo and Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, suspects in a terror-related case, were nearly abducted by heavily armed gunmen. Rogo was charged with owning a cache of guns and being a member of al-Shabab, an outlawed Somali rebel group linked to al-Qaida. Rogo had already been acquitted in 2005 for the charges of a 2002 bombing of a tourist hotel.
Four other Muslim extremists have been killed or kidnapped these last for months. The strategy used by police inspired a 2008 report that detailed the deaths or disappearance of over 500 suspected members of a gang. One witness defending the report was killed despite being in a witness protection program.
Hassan Omar Hassan, a former deputy of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, says that “The only way to solve issues is through the rule of law. Apply it objectively.”
Though the police are wary of an al-Shabab attack, it is hoped they will not use extra-judicial executions to protect the state.