Lamu nurse tortured for “treating Al-shabaab fighters”

Lamu nurse tortured for “treating Al-shabaab fighters”

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Security officers patrolling Lamu PHOTO:FILE

Lamu,KENYA:A nurse working with Government has claimed he was tortured by police for 16 days on suspicion of treating Al Shabaab militia in Mbwajumwali in Lamu East Sub County.

An emotional Omar Faraj, 38, said he was arrested following a raid on his family house in Witu, Lamu West Sub County while he was on leave on July 27, 2014 after the Mpeketoni terror attack where more than 100 people were killed.

Faraj who is now based at King Fahd in Lamu island, said 12 police officers raided his house at and hit him in the mouth and also beat with a gun butt before arresting him for allegedly being a doctor for Al Shabaab .

While making his moving presentation to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights KNHR public inquiry on security at Lamu Fort yesterday, Faraj said he was held for 16 days, three of them incommunicado at an unknown place while blind-folded.

He was later released without being charged.

In the session presided over by KNHR chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori and attended by Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyi and Independent Police Oversight Authority IPOA board member Vincent Kiptoo, Faraj explained that he was on leave and staying with his family in Witu, Lamu West subcounty, when police in a land rover raided his house at 9.06 pm.

He said he was looking forward to July 27, 2014 to celebrate Idd Ul Fitr with his family when he was arrested and held for more than two weeks.

He told the session that the police officers also slapped his wife and took off with Sh 2500,a panga , a knife and the national identity cards of the couple.

“They just questioned me about the Mpeketoni attack and did not prefer any charges against me. I suspect that the police tortured me because of my thick beard which is a matter of faith for me. I will keep this beard forever come what may,” Faraj vowed.

The father of 11 who trained at Mombasa Medical Training College said he was so aggrieved because he had earlier on attended to and treated some of the officers who arrested him after they were involved in a terror attack on Tahmeed bus in Witu area sometime back.

He explained that he reported back to work at Mbwajumwali dispensary in September 2014, several weeks after release because he was still in a state of shock.

Earlier during a courtesy call, Lamu governor Issa Timamy said residents have complained of disappearances of family members following the Mpeketoni terror attack.