Updated August 17, 2021: Malindi High Court orders police to release Yasir Mahmoud’s car and set the respondents evidentiary hearing on September 17, 2021.
Malindi High Court on June 30, 2021, ordered police to produce Yasir Mahmoud before it on July 2, 2021.
Security agents abducted Mahmoud at Mkunumbi, Lamu on June 19, 2021, his wife, Yumna and court documents show.
The court order followed a suit by MUHURI, filed on June 30, 2021, seeking judicial intervention in Mahmoud’s release. He works as an ambulance driver with the Lamu county government.
The abduction happened in the presence of Yumna, and her 15-year-old son, Abdulaziz Yasir.
Police are yet to comply with the court order. On June 28, police said they don’t have Mahmoud despite Yumna’s insistence.
The family was heading to Lamu Island from Mpeketoni when the abduction occurred.
“Upon reaching a few distances from Mkunumbi Township, we were intercepted by a GK Police Land Cruiser with three armed persons who had covered their faces and were dressed in official security outfit,” Yumna said in her affidavit filed at Malindi High Court.
The officers, Yumna said, ordered them to leave their car and took her husband. Police later confiscated the vehicle.
On August 17, Malindi High Court Judge Reuben Nyakundi ordered police to release the vehicle, a Suzuki with registration number KAB 173X. He set the respondents evidentiary hearing on September 17, 2021.
The family had reported the abduction at Lamu and Mpeketoni police stations and got OB numbers 31/19/06/2021 and 16/20/06/2021, respectively.
“My family and I are in deep anguish and anxiety as to the circumstances surrounding my husband’s abduction or arrest, the reason for his continued detention incommunicado, and his general wellbeing since the arrest,” Yumna said.