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MRC suspects deny charges

11 April 2013, 14:39 Alloys Musyoka

Nine suspected members of Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) group alleged to have been involved in robbery with violence in Malindi where seven people among them two police officers died have denied charges against them in Malindi court.

The nine appeared before Acting Principal Resident Magistrate Yusuf Shikanda and pleaded not guilty to the offence of robbery with violence.

They were charged that on 28th March 2013 together with others not before court attacked Casino hotel and engaged police officers in a shoot out where they killed two officers and stole their fire arms and rounds of ammunition.

The nine were; Ahmed Swaleh, Salim Abdalla, Hare Kombo, Joshua Kilonzo, Bernard Juma, Christopher Kiiwe, Sammy Chengo, Peter Kenga Mutinda and Yusuf Baya Thoya.

Investigation officer Alice Mathangani urged the court not to issue bonds to the suspects but instead continue holding the nine suspects at Malindi police station.

Her application was supported by Chief Inspector Jacob Ngao who said release of the suspects by the court on bonds would interfere with the ongoing investigations.

"The case your honor needs more investigation and the suspects should continue being held in custody to avoid interfering with investigators," the court heard.

The Magistrate issued order for the suspects to be taken to hospital for treatment and medical check up since they complained that they were being beaten by police officers in Malindi police cells.

The number of suspects connected to the incident where police engaged over 60 suspected MRC members at Casino hotel and behind Malindi police station where 8 people among them two police stations died keeps on increasing every day.

Four suspects were arrested as they tried to collect bodies of their colleagues who died during the night incident, three others were arrested in different areas of Kilifi two days after the incident while two more suspects were arrested recently during the ongoing crack down of MRC members in the area.

This takes places as amnesty given by the government to MRC members to surrender expired.

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