Kenya anti-terror law challenged in Nairobi court
Kenya’s opposition has mounted a legal challenge against a tough new anti-terrorism law.
It asked the High Court to annul the law, saying it risked turning Kenya into a dictatorship.
The court refused to immediately suspend the legislation, but asked both sides to return to court on Wednesday.
The government says its security and intelligence agencies need more powers to tackle militant Islamists threatening Kenya’s security.
In the past month, al-Shabab, a militant group linked to al-Qaeda, has killed 64 people in two attacks in Kenya’s north-eastern region of Mandera.
Last year, 67 people were killed when it laid siege to the upmarket Westgate shopping centre in the capital, Nairobi.
Al-Shabab is fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia, but it has been increasingly targeting neighbouring Kenya.
The militants are demanding the withdrawal of Kenyan troops in Somalia.
Kenya sent soldiers into Somalia in 2011 to attack militants it accused of being behind the kidnapping of foreigners on Kenyan soil.