Cops linked to lawyer’s murder set to appear in court today

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The family of taxi driver Joseph Muiruri when they went to identify his body at City Mortuary, Nairobi, on Friday. Muiruri was killed alongside human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and his client Josephat Mwenda

Three Administration Police officers will appear in court today to answer to charges of murder over the abduction and killing of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others.

The body of the human rights lawyer, who worked for American-sponsored International Justice Mission, was recovered in a river in Kilimambogo on Friday. The bodies of taxi driver Joseph Muiruri and boda boda rider Josephat Mwenda were also recovered. The three had been missing for a week.

The bodies were badly mutilated and it appeared the three could have been tortured and maimed before they were killed. The three officers, among them Syokimau AP commander Fredrick Leliman, were arrested at the weekend following a major push by lawyers and human rights groups. Leliman, who is attached to the Mlolongo police station, is said to have been reported to IPOA after he shot and injured Mwenda last December.

Other officers who will be in court include constable Sylvia Wanjiku and corporal Stephen Chebulet of the Syokimau AP camp.


The two officers were on duty at the AP camp, where the three slain men are said to have been locked up before they vanished and were killed.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said investigators have circumstantial evidence linking the three to the murders that have gripped the attention of, among others, diplomats and lawyers.

Sources privy to the investigations told the Star Flying Squad officers probing the case do not have direct evidence linking the suspects to the murder.

Forensic investigations on the suspect’s mobile phones revealed none of the officers left their workstations on June 23, when the three are reported to have gone missing after attending a court hearing at Mavoko. The investigators are also yet to get any eyewitness.

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