USIS Washington 

21 August 1998


(8/21 departure statement) (1190)

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director Louis Freeh August 21 concluded a one-day
visit to Kenya and Tanzania, where he conferred with U.S. and African
officials conducting a criminal investigation into the bombing of the
U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

In his departure statement from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,
Freeh noted that "we spent a great deal of time on the crime scene,
getting briefings with respect to the development of the case. And I
discussed with my law enforcement counterparts the measures that we
had undertaken to further our investigations and what remains to be
done to conclude the criminal investigation with respect to that
particular venue."

Free said that he was briefed by FBI personnel "on the scene, but also
from [by] the Kenyan officers, who are our full partners in this joint
task force."

Following is the text of his remarks, as prepared for delivery:


FBI Director Louis Freeh

Departure Statement

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Nairobi, Kenya

August 21, 1998

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Let me just make a brief
statement to describe to you the purpose of my visit and some of the
events that took place, and I will be happy to try to answer a couple
of your questions.

First of all, on the two-week anniversary of the bombings both here in
Kenya and in Tanzania, I want again to express my condolences to the
families of the many victims -- the Kenyans, the Tanzanians, the
Americans, the other people who were injured by these two heinous
crimes. And as we conduct our investigation, in conjunction with our
partners both here and in Tanzania, we once again want to express our
deep condolences and our prayers for the families and the horrible
tragedy which has befallen both countries, and all of the innocent
lives that were lost.

I began my visit yesterday, as you probably know, in Tanzania. I
visited there with the FBI personnel who have been on the ground now
for over a week conducting the criminal investigation. In conjunction
with our partners in the Tanzanian police forces, we met with their
Minister of Home Affairs, the Attorney General, the Charg‚ and all of
the individuals who have been heroically and professionally responding
to the events of last week. We spent a great deal of time on the crime
scene, getting briefings with respect to the development of the case.
And I discussed with my law enforcement counterparts the measures that
we had undertaken to further our investigations and what remains to be
done to conclude the criminal investigation with respect to that
particular venue.

I arrived here, as you know, yesterday afternoon, and I have had a
series of meetings, first of all with the Police Commissioner,
Commissioner Wachira. I met with Attorney General Wako this morning.
The [CID] Director and I have been discussing the case since my
arrival. I received briefings both from the FBI personnel on the
scene, but also from the Kenyan officers who are our full partners in
this joint task force. I visited the embassy both last night to make
my own assessment and again this morning, and spent time with our
personnel thanking them and thanking our police partners here for what
has been a textbook model of how law enforcement agencies around the
world work together when cases of this magnitude, which affect many
countries, need and require the concerted, coordinated efforts of all

And I expressed my appreciation to the Police Commissioner and to the
Attorney General, and asked them to convey to President Moi our deep
appreciation -- that of the FBI and the Federal Government of the
United States -- for the extraordinary support which they have shown
to us.

The manner in which our officers have jointly conducted this
investigation has, for me, been a great privilege to see, and I told
them how very proud and very honored we were to be participating in
the investigation. We spent some time discussing with our forensic
experts, both here and in Tanzania, with respect to the status of
those findings. We are beginning on a preliminary basis to see
forensic similarities at the crime scenes, both here and in Dar, and
of course those conclusions are very important with respect to our
analysis and ultimate conclusions with respect to that aspect of the

In both countries, as well as in other countries, further
investigation is being conducted. I am not at liberty to describe that
to you or detail it to you, nor am I able to speak about any witnesses
or potential subjects. We don't, as you know, when we conduct criminal
investigations, generally identify the subjects of those cases, or
comment on the witnesses or the state of the evidence. What I will say
is from the law enforcement point of view, both Commissioner Wachira
and I, as well as my counterparts in Tanzania, are very satisfied with
the progress of the case. We have some developments that we are
optimistic about furthering. But this is an investigation of a complex
case, which has implications as well as potential for investigation in
more than one country and we will need some time to analyze both the
information that we have and the information that we develop.

We ask once again, as we have in the past, for the public both here in
Kenya and in Tanzania and anywhere else to come forward to the FBI, to
the Kenyan police, to the Tanzanian police, to any other law
enforcement authority, with any information which could assist us in
solving this case and gathering the necessary evidence. And we have
received very good cooperation from the public, both here and in other
countries. And we are certainly dependent on that to assist us in our

I want to also express my appreciation to Ambassador Bushnell for her
support of our investigation, but more importantly to commend her for
her courage and leadership under very difficult conditions, as well as
the Charg‚ John Lange, in Tanzania, with whom I spent some time

I've told all of the investigators in the case, both FBI personnel and
officers from Tanzania and Kenya, how very proud I am of their devoted
and committed work and the skill with which they are conducting this
investigation. And we will give them support both from the United
States and from this country and from Tanzania and I know all over the
world where we have counterparts and people committed to the
prevention and solving of these types of crimes.

We will have a united law enforcement community and spare no effort,
and not be concerned about any time frame with respect to completing
and finishing our investigation. I'm going to go back to Washington
today. I'll report my findings to our Attorney General and other
members of our government, and we will continue to support and enhance
this investigation, taking again whatever steps that are necessary.
Thank you very much.