July 23, 2006Foreign AffairsSecurity

Kenyan coincidence (3)

The rendition is extraordinary

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

If the package was addressed to India, it was intercepted along the way.

After his arrest, he was locked up at Mombasa Central Police Station before being transferred to Nairobi under a heavy anti-terrorism police guard. It was from Nairobi that the suspect was said to have been repatriated to unknown country. [Kenya Times]

It is being suspected that Americans got there first, and picked up the quarry without wasting time on such things as legal proceedings. The poor Kenyans were left with the unhappy task of using their imagination to explain why they didn’t catch Abdul Karim Tunda, after all, or possibly that the Tunda they caught was not the Tunda India sought and thought they caught.

At this stage, it is difficult to say for certain that the Americans were involved in Tunda’s interception. But it is the most likely explanation. Tunda is a high-profile catch, and the Kenyans would have been most unlikely to risk facing the international opprobrium that would follow if they were to allow Tunda to get away. As for Indian authorities, they would have liked to bring Tunda back in a blaze of publicity, not quietly spirit him away. That leaves the Americans. For their part, the Kenyans probably figured they can handle whatever opprobrium India hurls at them, if indeed it does.

The Americans may have grounds to claim Tunda in line with their own war against terrorism. But by snatching him from India they are one more step closer to making this only their war against terrorism. And that would entirely be America’s fault.

Related Posts: Suspected on Tuesday, Arrested on Friday, Denied on Saturday, Disappeared on Sunday. This is the story (well, so far at least) of Abdul Karim Tunda.

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