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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 November, 2003, 19:09 GMT
Former Kenyan MP on murder charge
A Kenyan politician has been charged with the murder of a delegate at the ongoing Somali peace talks in Nairobi.

Adan Keynan is alleged to have killed Sheikh Ibrahim Ali Abdulleh. The ex-MP, who is also of Somali origin, denies the charges saying they are political.

The delegate and two of his associates were found dead, with gunshot wounds in a forest just outside the capital.

The talks in Kenya have been dogged by controversy and walk outs - and have made little progress.

Early this month, Ahmed Rashid Mohamed, another delegate at the talks was also killed.

Mohamed, a senior member of the Rahanweyn Resistance Council was found dead at Mbagathi, the venue of the peace talks.

But Kenyan police have still not arrested anyone in connection with his mysterious murder.

The BBC's Caroline Karobia, says the mysterious deaths have sparked protests among Somali delegates who now accuse the Kenyan government of failing to guarantee their safety.

Keynan appeared composed when he was brought before Justice John Osiemo.

He also denied killing Mohammed Elley, the delegate's driver, and his business associate, Hassan Abulrahaman, Mohammed.

The politician faces a possible death penalty if found guilty.

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