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Mpeketoni attack suspect released on KES 500 000 bail

08 July 2014, 07:51 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A Mombasa high court has released the hijacked Mpeketoni driver suspected to have murdered 12 people and ferried attackers that left over 60 people dead.

Justice Edward Muriithi ruled that Diana Salim Suleiman be remanded in Malindi police station for seven days pending the completion of investigations.

“There is no compelling reason to deny bail for the accused save for the delay of the implementation to permit conclusion of the investigations. The accused is granted bail of KES 500 000 with three sureties of similar amount,” said Muriithi.

Suleiman was charged with 12 counts of murder.

Earlier, the director of public prosecution through lawyer Alexander Muteti had objected the bond application stating that the accused was a flight risk and might not turn up for trial if released, because of the magnitude of the case.

Muteti had also said investigations were still ongoing and there was a possibility of pressing another 42 charges of murder against the accused.

However, Muriithi said there was no evidence that the accused was a flight risk or would be tempted to jump bail.

Muteti had made an application to have the accused held at a government prison until the investigations were completed.

“Your Honor because of what has been happening in police stations within Lamu, it would be appropriate to hold the accused person at a government prison,” said Muteti.

The defense lawyer, George Khaminwa objected the application stating that the accused was diabetic and required medical attention from his private doctor and close family members.

Suleiman bail is set to take effect from July 14, 2014 where he is also expected to appear for murder trial.

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