Suspects 'Not Taken to Botswana'
Botswana’s President Festus Mogae has denied reports that five al-Qaeda suspects arrested and removed from Malawi in an operation involving the American CIA were flown to his country. “There is no truth of any al-Qaeda suspects having been brought here on any flight ,” Mr Mogae told the Associated Press news agency. “The story is false.” The five suspects – two Turks, a Kenyan, a Saudi Arabian and a Sudanese – were arrested in a joint operation involving the CIA and Malawi’s National Intelligence Bureau. Reports said the suspects were removed via a US military base in Botswana en route to the USA. The denial by President Mogae comes as protests continue in Malawi over the arrest and removal of the suspects. Police opened fire on Monday to disperse Muslim protesters in Kasungu, about 100km (65 miles) north of the capital, Lilongwe. Full Story