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'Police followed the law in Masjid Musa raid'

02 April 2014, 10:14 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Mombasa police boss, Robert Kitur has defended the police operation at masjid Musa saying the police who conducted the February 2 raid followed the law.

Kitur told Justice Francis Muriithi that the only officers who are in a better position to reveal the whereabouts of Hemed are police inspector Evans Wesonga and Corporal Okuta Owino.

“I was in charge of the operation but was not in charge of the ferrying and booking of the prisoners to Makupa police station," said Kitur.

Kitur appeared Tuesday in court for the second day running as a witness where he was cross examined by lawyer Yusuf Abubakar petitioning for the family of Hemed and the second petitioner Okiya Omutata.

Mombasa police boss said he was informed that some prisoners escaped police custody on March 3 by the county investigation officers during his morning meeting with the police officers.

Kitur said that three injured prisoners were taken to Makupa police station where one of them escaped with help of the nurses at the hospital.

“Three unidentified prisoners were taken to coast General hospital and one had escaped police custody with the help of unidentified nurses,” said Kitur.

Kitur concurred with Omutata that the prisoner missing was the one alleged to be in possession of the G3 police rifle that went missing when the police officer was attacked inside the mosque as seen in the video clip played in court.

“There is no prisoner accused of being in possession of the lost police rifle that was later recovered in the mosque,” said Kitur.

He said that police had not launched any investigation into the missing persons and that they recovered an Ak47 rifle, bhang, opium and several cds from the mosque.

The case continues Wednesday with the driver who handled the vehicle Hemed had boarded when he was seen last expected to testify before Justice Muriithi.

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