Kenya court finds police answerable for lawyer's death

Justice Jessie Lessit will, on Monday, September 20, deliver a ruling on the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani (pictured).

Four Kenyan police officers and one civilian have a case to answer in the abduction and murder of a lawyer, his client and a driver, the high court has ruled.

The three went missing in 2016 after lawyer Willy Kimani filed a case against a senior police officer on behalf of Josephat Mwenda. They were being driven by Joseph Muiruri.

Mwenda was a boda boda (motorcyle) rider who had accused the senior officer of shooting at and injuring him without provocation.

Four police officers and a civilian were charged with the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and driver who were killed in 2016. CFM-FILE.

A week later after the case was filed, decomposing bodies of Mwenda, his lawyer Kimani and their driver were recovered in a river, on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Four police officers and a police informer were then arrested and charged with the abduction and murder of the three. They denied the charges.

The prosecution closed its case last week after presenting 46 witnesses. The defence will now start oral submissions from next week.

The defence lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, says they will call a total of 16 witnesses. The court will then judge whether the five are guilty or not.

Their death sparked outrage within the legal fraternity and in the country.

The police have been blamed for a series of extrajudicial killings in recent years - which they have often denied.

source:bbc africa

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