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Journalist Yassin Juma defends one-finger salute after release

Journalist-cum-blogger Yassin Juma was released Monday afternoon and found himself having to explain a hand sign he made on Sunday which many claimed was used by terrorists.

He was taken to Kiambu law courts and returned to Muthaiga police station without any charges.

Juma took to his Facebook to announce his freedom, posing for a photo with two friends while making the one-finger sign.


He wrote: “Am (sic) Free at last. Thank You Everyone For your support. I appreciate all your efforts following my arrest and detention.”

He went on: “And for those asking what the index finger stands for, it is a sign used to indicate the oneness of God and that our tribulations in this world can only be solved by that one good Lord. God is one and no other entity/being is as powerful, merciful and Magnificent as he is.”

Mr Juma (centre) moments after he was released from police custody. PHOTO | COURTESY
Mr Juma (centre) moments after he was released from police custody. PHOTO | COURTESY

Juma was on Saturday night arrested over photos he posted on his blog and social media accounts on the attack by Al-Shabaab militants on a Kenyan military camp in El-Adde, Somalia.

Mr Juma was on Sunday grilled by detectives over the photos.


He was arrested at his residence in Donholm estate, Nairobi, on Saturday at around 8pm by eight officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters and taken to the Muthaiga police station.

“I was from the hospital when I was arrested by eight police officers in two cars. They took me to my house where they conducted a search before they escorted me to the police station,” he told Nation at the police station.

Many had alleged that the one finger signal was used by Al-Shabaab and ISIS.