Dpp want torture allegation raised by Mpeketoni suspects probed.
05 August 2014, 23:35
Lamu - The director of public prosecution has called for an inquest following the torture allegation raised by one of the men charged with the murder of 12 people in Mpeketoni.
Justice Maureen Odero directed the Dcio office in Lamu county to conduct an inquest on the alleged complain filled by the 2nd accused lawyer Gerald Magolo requesting the court to allow the accused seek medical assistance..
Magolo informed the court that one of the accused Swaleh Shedu swaleh was tortured during his arrest by the police officers subjecting him to serious injuries.
“My client has suffered serious injuries in his private parts that need a quick medical attention and we would also request to offer private doctor if access to a medical facility may seem difficult” said Magolo.
Alexander Muteti representing the office of the DPP made an application to have the alleged torture investigated and report represented before the court.
“This is the first time in this case such allegations are made we would like to know when the matter occurred and those involved charged” said Muteti.
Swaleh shedu Swaleh and Joseph Chege Kimani have pleaded not guilty to 12 counts murder, its alleged that between July 5 and 6 2014 in Hindu location Lamu west county jointly with others not before the court murdered 12 people.
The defense lawyer A. B Olaba informed the court of an alabi that indicates that Jesoph kimani was nowhere near the scenes of the alleged murder.
“My client is a resident of Hindi on the night in question he spent the night at Kauthari a few kilometers away from Hindi near a naval base” said Olaba.
The two accused had been cleared to take plea before the court after the state presented a doctor report that indicated the accused were in a good state of mind to take plea.
Justice Maureen ordered that a probe be conducted on the alleged torture and Swaleh be taken to Coast general hospital for medical assistance.
The case will be mention August 12 and come for hearing on September 24 and 25.
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