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State told probe mysterious death of Kenyan woman in France

20 January 2015, 10:11 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - A family in Mombasa has asked the government to investigate the mysterious death of a Kenyan woman at a hospital in Paris, France last week.

Leila Omar, 49, has been in a comma for the last five years after she allegedly falling from the rooftop of a five- storey building before she later died in the hospital.

The family told the media that they were notified of their mother's death through a phone call the Kenyan embassy in France.

According to the family members, the deceased had gone to seek employment in France after parting with her Kenyan husband seven years ago.

The woman is also said to have differed with her latest husband, a French National only identified as Prince, with whom she had sired two children while in France.

“We suspect it was a torture incident. We want enough investigations to be done to unearth the real cause of her death,” said Haki Africa Executive director, Hussein Khalid.

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Addressing the press at the Haki Africa offices, the deceased's daughter Nohra Zainab, asked the government to intervene and unearth the real cause of their mother's death.

The family said the last time they communicated with their mother was last week through an email before they got the call from the Kenyan embassy in France informing them of her death.

Zainab told the press that her mother was legally working in France but the family also suspects that she could have been subjected to torture by her employer leading to her subsequent death.

The family has however confirmed that the body is currently being held in the hospital. The hospital is demanding that a bill of KES 40 000 000 be cleared before releasing the body for burial.

“We ask the government to engage the French government and help us receive the body of our parent to bury according to Islamic customs,” said Zainab, the first daughter of the dead.

The family that lives in Kisauni said the woman was survived by three siblings, two of whom are in France.

Haki Africa human rights group executive director, Husein Khalid said the incident should be treated as a criminal incident and that the government should engage the French government to establish the cause of her death.

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