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Government handed 30 days to probe Timamy case

17 July 2014, 11:32 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The High Court in Mombasa has handed the government 30 days to probe and investigate further the charges against Lamu Governor Issa Timamy.

The government through prosecutor Alexander Muteti had on Wednesday asked to be given two months or the equivalent of 60 days to further investigate leads in the Timamy case.

Muteti had insisted that the case was of a complex nature and needed time and precision to bear fruit thus the time.

But in his ruling Thursday morning, trial judge Martin Muya said that the 60 day period was too long and would be unfair towards the accused, who is currently out on a KES 5 million bail.

Judge Muya agreed with the accused and his team that by stretching the case by the two extra months, it would also be denying Timamy the chance to clear his name as quickly as possible.

Timamy is facing charges of terrorism, murder and forceful transfer of population over the killing of over 60 people in Mpeketoni last month.

He has denied the charges, which he feels are politically motivated.

The government has insisted that the killings in Mpeketoni and the larger Lamu County have political links despite the Al Shabaab terror group insisting that they are behind the attacks.

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