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Kenyan police vows to nab killers of human rights lawyer, 2 others

Kenyan police vows to nab killers of human rights lawyer, 2 others

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Kenya’s police chief, the Inspector General of the National Police Service has reiterated the resolve of the police to ensure justice is done in respect of the murder of a human rights lawyer and two others.

In a statement released Friday evening, the police said, ‘‘we reiterate that their behaviour (the suspects) is not representative of what the National police Service stands for and the few rogue elements will always be dealt with firmly according to the law.’‘

‘‘We assure the public that investigations are underway with the view of ensuring that justice is done to all,’‘ it added.

We reiterate that their behaviour (the suspects) is not representative of what the National police Service stands for and the few rogue elements will always be dealt with firmly according to the law.

Law Society of Kenya outraged

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) says they are outraged at the circumstances leading to the death of one of its members who was involved in a police brutality case currently in court, they called the incident a ‘‘dark day for the rule of law in Kenya.’‘

According to Isaac Okere, the society beyond their outrage at the unacceptable incident also wanted to put on record that this was not by any means an isolated case because other lawyers have also expressed some fears.

The body of the missing lawyer, William Kimani, was found with that of a taxi driver in a river, a third body believed to be that of the client he was representing is yet to be recovered according to local media sources.

Kimani and his client Josphat Mwenda were believed to have been abducted on Thursday 23rd June together with a taxi driver after leaving the court premises. The taxi was later found the following day.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet have ordered the arrest of three police officers, including an Administration Police officer involved in the case Kimani was pursuing in court.

“I have ordered the arrest of three police officers suspected to be linked to the disappearance of lawyer Kimani and his associates to assist in the investigations,” Boinnet is quoted to have said.

The arrest of the three follows pressure mounted by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) which handed a petition to the IG on Wednesday, and immediately filed a case in court seeking orders to have police compelled to produce the three missing persons “dead or alive.”