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Monday, September 14, 2015

UAE businesswoman sues Kenya over 'rendition'

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) woman is suing the Kenyan authorities, saying she was kidnapped by police, taken to Somalia and Ethiopia, and tortured.


BBC- A United Arab Emirates (UAE) woman is suing the Kenyan authorities, saying she was kidnapped by police, taken to Somalia and Ethiopia, and tortured.
Kamilya Mohammedi Tuweni says she was seized by Kenyan special police and accused of being an al-Qaeda agent while on a trip to Kenya in 2007.
Ms Tuweni was released without charge after being detained for 72 days.
The head of Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit has denied the allegations.
Ms Tuweni is suing the Kenyan government for financial compensation and is demanding a formal apology for her treatment.
She is giving evidence to the court in Nairobi via video-link from London.
According to UK-based campaign group Redress, she was beaten throughout her time in captivity, threatened with rape and narrowly escaped being sold for drugs.
Ms Tuweni, and two of her business colleagues, were arrested in the Kenyan resort town of Malindi near Mombasa.
"Just because we looked like Arabs and my partners could not speak English or Kiswahili but only Arabic, we had to be terrorists," Ms Tuweni told the BBC in 2007, shortly after being released.
Her colleagues, from Oman, were released after being questioned in Nairobi but she says she was taken to Somalia, where she was kept in a cell which had been damaged by shells.
"For 12 days we had no food, even for some of the women who were pregnant and the little children among us."
After fighting escalated in Mogadishu, she says she was transferred to Ethiopia.
In Addis Ababa, she says she was interrogated by FBI agents, before eventually being freed without charge.