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Daily Nation: - News |Kenyan ‘held at secret CIA jail’

Daily Nation: - News |Kenyan ‘held at secret CIA jail’
A Kenyan who disappeared from Nairobi’s Eastleigh suburb two years ago is being held at a secret CIA prison in Mogadishu, claims a US magazine.

Mr Ahmed Abdullahi Hassan is among several people snatched from Nairobi streets and “rendered” by plane to the prison in the basement of the Mogadishu headquarters of Somalia’s National Security Agency, writes investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill in the New York-based Nation magazine.

One of the men held in the secret prison told Clara Guttteridge, a researcher with a British legal rights group called Reprieve that he met Mr Hassan in the prison.

“Hassan, he said, had told him how Kenyan police had knocked down his door, snatched him and taken him to a secret location in Nairobi,” Mr Scahill writes. “The next night, he was rendered to Mogadishu.”

Kenya has denied knowledge of Mr Hassan’s whereabouts. But Mr Scahill points out that Human Rights Watch and Reprieve have documented that Kenyan security and intelligence forces have helped in scores of renditions for the US and other governments, including 85 to Somalia in 2007 alone.


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