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Updated: M&C Saatchi PR released by Kenyan police after wrongful terror arrest


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

October 12, 2016 | 2 min read

Tom James, a senior account manager for M&C Saatchi, was raided by Kenyan police, accused of recruiting for al-Shabaab, a jihadist militant group on Wednesday. He has however been released by police, with a source in the force telling the Evening Standard that the arrest was an “embarrassing blunder”.

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Working with client Sanergy, the University of Leeds graduate was accused of possessing terror literature in his Nairobi home address.

The Telegraph reports that around 20 officers, some wielding AK47 machine guns, searched his house for four hours, from 10:30am on Wednesday, while he waited with two Somali female friends.

James reportedly previously worked on anti-terrorism radio campaigns in Somalia, which could explain his alleged possession of the extremist literature.

His family told the Standard that there was “no truth whatsoever” in the allegations, following which James was released without any charges.

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