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ICC witness 'suffered before his death'

09 March 2015, 22:22 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Murdered former International Criminal Court ICC witness Meshack Yebei was tortured and clearly suffered before he was killed, his family has said.

Yebei was murdered between late December 2014 and early January 2015 and his body dumped at the Tsavo East National Park by his killers.

The motive for his murder is yet to be known but it is likely connected to the current case at the Hague based court in which he was a defence witness for Deputy President William Ruto.

And as the mystery of his death continues to unravel, his family says that he was likely tortured and suffered during his murder.

Yebei's body, which is lying at the Voi Mortuary was badly mutilated when found, as his eye had been gouged out and private parts badly destroyed.

He was also shot on the neck as his body had a gunshot wound.

It seems that he was also strangled and had his hands and feet tied tight going by the marks on his body.

" It is likely that he suffered badly before his death. I do not know why anyone would want to hurt him like this," his brother Moses Kisorio said.

" They hurt him badly and I bleed thinking how much pain they tried to inflict on him. It is distressing, but he was a strong man and I am sure he fought it and took it as a man," he told News24 on phone.

A postmortem to find out the exact cause of death will be done Friday before his body is released for burial.

This follows an announcement from police Monda that tests on samples taken from the body that was found in Voi belongs to Yebei.

John Kariuki, a CID officer who handled the investigations said 99.9 percent of the DNA results showed that the body belonged to Yebei.

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