Stop victimising suspects, police told
03 April 2013, 16:35
Malindi principal Magistrate Yusuf Shikanda has ordered police officers in Malindi police station to stop victimising and torching seven MRC suspects who are being held for alleged robbery with violence as police carry on with investigations.
The seven suspects had appeared before the principal magistrate in Malindi for plea but investigating officer Sergent Vincent Obare requested the court to give them more time to investigate the matter.
It is during the miscellaneous application that the suspects lamented that they were being beaten while naked at night by police officers.
The seven; Ahmed Swaleh, Salim Abdalla, Hare Kombo, Joshua Kilonzo, Bernard Juma, Christopher Kiiwe
and Sammy Chengo wanted the police to take them to hospital since they were not feeling well.
"We are being torched, beaten and sometimes left naked and that has contributed to our bodies becoming weak. Your honour, we pray that you order police to take us to hospital for treatment," said Bernard Juma, one of the suspects.
The seven are alleged to have participated in robbery with violence incident where two police officers were killed and their fire arms stolen at Casino tourist hotel and behind Malindi police station last week.
According to the investigating officer, the seven may have crucial information which may lead to arrest of the over 60 others who escaped during the night incident.
He told the court that four of the suspects were arrested during the incident as police exchanged fire with the group of armed youths while three others were arrested at different in of Malindi district one day after the incident.
"We want more time so that we can investigate the incident, and so the suspects can be held at Malindi police station until we are through because it will take time," he told the court.
The officer told the court that they were planning to visit Safaricom offices in Nairobi to check contacts and immediate callers of phone numbers belonging to one suspect who died during the incident.
He also said that they needed time to establish whether the group of armed youths has any connections with MRC group or any other criminal gang in the country.
Obare had applied for three days for the investigations but magistrate Shikanda after consultation with Chief prosecutor Inspector Jacob Ngao allowed the suspects to be held for 8 days so that they can also be taken to hospital for treatment.
The magistrate said that the suspects have their constitutional rights which should not be infringed, ordering the police to take them for treatment and stop any sort of victimization.
He set the date of the hearing of the case to be on 10th April 2013.
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