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Kenyan Cleared of Terror Involvement Faces New Charges

Prosecutors in Kenya have charged a man with illegal possession of weapons just one day after he was acquitted of murder in the 2002 suicide bombing of an Israeli hotel.

Prosecutors accused Omar Said Omar Friday of possessing an assortment of firearms, including missile launchers and rifles. Mr. Omar denied the charges.

The prosecution said Mr. Omar should be denied bail. But defense lawyers said it would not be fair to keep Mr. Omar in jail, noting that he already was held for nearly two years on charges that ultimately were dismissed. A ruling on bail is expected Monday.

A Kenyan judge said Thursday there was not sufficient evidence to link Mr. Omar to the 2002 bombing of an Israeli owned hotel in Mombasa that killed at least 15 people. Three other Kenyans also were acquitted.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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