Swabir Mohamed, a security guard at Ajab Mills Factory in Shimanzi, Mombasa, has been arrested after a disturbing video of him torturing a suspected offender went viral.
In the video, Mohamed was filmed flogging the man and torturing him using a burning mosquito net as a group of people watched from a distance.
The victim, whose hands were tied and neck secured on an electricity pole using a rope, wailed in despair as he begged for mercy.
The attention of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, has been drawn to the attached sensitive video clip, doing rounds in sections of the social media. The inhumane punishment meted on the victim, on suspicion of having committed a crime is not only callous pic.twitter.com/2f21CkpBAH
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) April 4, 2021
Mohamed was arrested on Monday morning, a day after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) ordered him to surrender to authorities or risk being declared a dangerous and wanted criminal.
“The attention of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations has been drawn to the attached sensitive video clip, doing rounds in sections of the social media. The inhumane punishment meted on the victim, on suspicion of having committed a crime is not only callous but uncalled for and an affront to the victim’s fundamental rights and freedoms, ” DCI said in a series of tweets on Sunday.
“In this regard, the DCI is demanding that the suspect presents himself to the nearest Police Station within 24 hours, failure to which he will be declared a dangerous and wanted criminal.”
A special team of detectives drawn from the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, Special Service Unit and the Operations branch has since established that Abdulrazaq tortured the victim, for allegedly trespassing into the factory’s premises.
“Using a burning mosquito net, Abdulrazaq subjected the victim to untold anguish by burning him using the flaming drops of the net, as he whipped him using a plastic pipe,” DCI said on Monday.
The victim, who is yet to be identified, is said to be a street urchin who ekes his living through seeking alms in the streets of Mombasa.
According to the DCI, after the incident, Mohamed claims to have handed over the victim to two Police Officers who he cannot identify or remember the Police Stations where they are attached.
“We have since established that no such report was filled in any Police Station within Mombasa on the material day. Further, in the victim’s state, there isn’t a Police Station that would have booked him before he was treated,” added DCI.
The detectives are searching for the victim to file his statement.
Mohamed will be arraigned in court tomorrow to answer to charges of grievous harm, with charges of attempted murder also being considered.