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Lawyer abducted, family wants police intervention as Haki Africa fights for justice

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[Lawyer Mohammed Farid Ali. Photo/Courtesy]

The family of a Mombasa based lawyer Mohammed Ali Farid who was abducted on Friday afternoon wants police intervention to save their kin.

Mohammed Ali Farid was abducted at a cyber café at Nyali plaza building on Friday and to date his whereabouts remains unknown.

According to Farid’s father, Farid Ali Shariff the youngest lawyer and a University of Nairobi law student was at the cyber before unknown people came, handcuffed and bundled him inside a waiting Premio car before they drove off at very high speed.

He said the unknown people were in two Premio cars.

“I have never received any criminal reports about my son, he has been practicing law and in 2017 he ventured into politics under Jubilee party vying for Mjambere ward representative seat in Kisauni constituency, I urge the government to help me locate my son,” added a pained Shariff.

Farid’s mother Sumeiya Mohammed Seif appealed to security agents to help the family situate their kin.

“Farid disappearance has sent the whole family into a shock and panic, if such an innocent hardworking young man, a lawyer, politician and human rights defender can just disappear in a broad day light, we are unsafe,” noted Sumeiya.

Farid, 25, is a final year University of Nairobi law student and was to get married on 15th of February.

[From Left; Farid’s father Farid Ali Shariff, Farid’s Mother Sumeiya Mohammed Seif and Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid. Photo/ Pauline Kwamboka]

Addressing journalists at Haki Africa’s offices in Mombasa on Saturday, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid appealed to police to assist the family in unleashing the where about of Mr. Farid.

Khalid said the vibrant lawyer and human rights defender is known by many Mombasa residents and especially the youth within Kisauni and Nyali constituencies where he closely worked with them.

“We did not receive any evil reports about Farid, he is a vibrant hardworking youth, however if he is linked to any crime let the security gents openly inform us,” noted Mr. Khalid.

He said that police are mandated to protect Kenyans.

He noted, “The family has been searching for Farid in all the police stations within Mombasa in vain, let the government help us trace Farid, this particular incident has sent Mombasa youth, rights defenders and his parents into panic,”.