January 7, 2010

Kenya fails to deport radical Jamaican Muslim cleric

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2010

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) -- Kenya has tried and failed to deport a Jamaican Muslim cleric who is on an international terror watchlist and served four years in a British jail for inciting racial hatred, police said Wednesday.

The Kenyan police had tried to deport Abdullah al-Faisal, 45, to neighbouring Tanzania but Dar es Salaam rejected the move and the controversial imam was sent back to Nairobi international airport.

"He was escorted back to Nairobi and is currently at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Tanzania has declined to receive him and we are pondering the next move," a police official said on condition of anonymity.

National police spokesman Erick Kiraithe had earlier said Faisal had left Kenya.

"There was a problem deporting him initially but we finally managed to get him out of the country... He is headed to Jamaica," Kiraithe had said.

Faisal was arrested last week shortly after attending prayers at a mosque in the coastal city of Mombasa.

Police and immigration officials said at the time they arrested the imam for violating immigration regulations by preaching.

Faisal, 45, was arrested in Britain in 2003 after spending years urging his audiences to kill Jews, Hindus and Westerners.


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