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Kenya: Two Westgate Attack Suspects Found Guilty

The Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi found Mohammed Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Hassan Mustafa guilty of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act and set free one of the accused Liban Abdullahi Omarone of the suspects free for lack of evidence.

A court in Nairobi has found guilty two of three people linked to the 2013 attack on Westgate shopping mall.

The Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi found Mohammed Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Hassan Mustafa guilty of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act and set free one of the accused Liban Abdullahi Omarone of the suspects free for lack of evidence.

Liban was a brother to one of the attackers and chief Magistrate Francis Andayi ruled that the communication between him and his brother does not prove that he conspired to attack Westgate Mall.

The prosecution has asked the court to hold on to the issue of sentencing to allow the victims of the attack to write victim statements. Sentencing for the two convicts will be done on October 22..

The three had been charged with helping armed militants launch the attack on September 2013 Westgate attack, which left 62 civilians, five security officers and the four attackers dead.