A Kenyan court charged four Somali men today (Monday) for helping al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab terrorist cell carry out an attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in September, where 67 lives were taken.
According to Voice of America, the four were formally charged with "commission of a terrorist act" under Kenya's anti-terrorism laws. Additional charges ranged from providing support and shelter to the gunmen to using false documents. All pleaded ‘not guilty’ at the hearing.
The four men were named as being Mohamed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah Omar, Hussein Hassan, and Adan Mohamed Ibrahim, although he was listed as using several aliases.
Al-Shabaab has said it had taken action because of Kenya's refusal to withdraw its troops from Somalia where they are part of a African peacekeeping force that battles the terrorists.
The court is expected to set a formal date for the start of trial on Nov. 11th. The men were remanded into custody until then.