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 Sheikh al-Faisal Abdullah Arrested in Mombasa

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PostSubject: Sheikh al-Faisal Abdullah Arrested in Mombasa   Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:31 pm

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Jamaican Muslim Cleric Sheikh al-Faisal Abdullah Arrested in Mombasa

We can confirm that Shaikh Faisal has not yet been deported and is currently in police custody in Mombasa. Lawyers are challenging the charges made against Shaikh. Updates will be posted once we are aware of them insha Allah. In the meanwhile we as you to please make du'a for the safety and protection of Shaikh Faisal.

Source: Bunge la Mwananchi

Friday, 01 January 2010

Jamaican Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah Al-Faisal was arrested by Kenyan anti-terrorism police on new years eve in Mombasa, Kenya and now awaits deportation from the country allegedly for breaching immigration regulations.

Al-Faisal who arrived in Mombasa on Saturday from Jamaica through Dar-es-Salaam was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) after he left a Mosque in the Nyali suburbs in the coastal town after the isha (night) prayers at about 9pm as he was being driven to a house he was to spend the night in.
According to eye witnesses he was told that he had infringed immigration regulations as his visitors visa, valid for two months did, not allow him to preach in mosques as he had done since his arrival on Saturday.His hosts engaged the police in arguments that visiting mosques and addressing fellow Muslims could not constitute an immigration offense as he was not engaging in any employment which would have required he obtained a work permit. The anti-terrorism police were adamant that he had committed an offense and whisked him off to the Provincial Police Headquarters where the local squad of the
ATPU is based.

His hosts were later asked to take his luggage from the house to the ATPU offices and informed that he would be removed from the country on new years day. Sheikh Faisal was on a visit organised by Muslims in Mombasa and Nairobi that would take him around Mosques in the two towns and had a scheduled live broadcast on the Islamic radio station Iqra FM in Nairobi on Tuesday morning.

The Muslim Human Rights Forum (MHRF) views the action against Sheikh al-Faisal as discriminatory since preachers of other faiths are usually granted similar visitors' visa and are never restrained from preaching or conducting other lawful religious activities in the country. "This is curtailing Sh. Faisal's freedoms of expression and association in a very discriminative manner that is totally unacceptable," said MHRF's Chairman Al-Amin Kimathi "It follows a pattern we saw throughout last year where Muslim scholars and aid workers were arbitrarily arrested and deported from the country on very flimsy grounds," Kimathi added.



Muslim Human Rights Forum
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Tel. +254 20-4454445/3537836
Cell +254 733-999-654
Nelleon Place,
Rhapta Road, Westlands
Nairobi


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May Allah hasten his release, Ameen.
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