Kenya faces 'rendition' accusation

Muslim activists say country plans to send controversial cleric to unknown country.

    Muslim rights activists say Kenyan authorities, who they believe are holding a controversial Muslim religious leader, plan to send him to an unknown country in what they say amounts to "rendition".

    Kenyan officials had earlier said the cleric, Sheik Abdullah el-Faisal, had already been expelled.

    But activists believe he continues to be held at Nairobi's international airport because several other countries have refused to grant him a transit visa.

    An immigration ministry spokesperson said a deportation order had been signed but refused to name the destination.

    El-Faisal, who in the 1990s preached at the same London mosque attended by Richard Reid - the convicted "shoe bomber" who failed to blow up a jet liner in 2001 - was previously jailed in Britain for inciting murder and racial hatred.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from Nairobi.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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