Kenya: Muslim Youths Protest Arrest of ‘Radical’ Cleric
MUSLIM youths in Majengo, Mombasa rioted yesterday and on Thursday evening over the arrest of a cleric. Sheikh Ramadhan Juma, a Tanzanian national, is being accused of radicalising Muslim youth and encouraging them to join al Shabaab militants in Somalia.
He was arrested by police officers outside the Masjid Musa mosque after Isha prayers at around 8.30pm. Police sources said Sheikh Juma was profiled as having links with the terror group after he arrived in the country from Tanzania.
He is viewed as the successor of the slain Sheikh Ibrahim Ismael, who took over from the deceased Sheikh Aboud Rogo. Both Sheikh Ismael and Sheikh Rogo were assassinated in Mombasa in drive-by shootings by unknown gunmen.
Sheikh Juma was by the time of going to press still being held at Port police station. He was being interrogated by anti-terrorism police officers.