Timmamy case adjourned
19 August 2014, 13:01
Lamu - Lamu Governor, Issa Timmamy will have to wait until September 5 to know whether the charges leveled against him will develop into a suit.
On Monday, Timmamy appeared before Senior Magistrate Richard Odenyo who adjourned the case to September 5 as the judge sitting in the trial court was out on official duties.
Earlier, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko had applied for an extension of two months to investigate Governor Timmamy on charges of forceful eviction of people, murder of over 60 people and terrorism related charges.
However, the defense lawyers objected the DPP's application terming it unfair and saying that it will interfere with the running of Lamu County which is headed by Timmamy.
On July 17, Justice Muya extended the prosecution probe on Timmamy by 30 days and directed that the case be mentioned on August 18.
The state was granted one month to complete their probe against Timmamy who was being investigated in connection with forcible transfer of population, murder and other terrorism related offences within his county which are said to have been commissioned between June 15 and 17.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had requested the court to allow them 60 days to investigate Timmamy. However, judge Muya told the DPP that 30 days were enough to complete their probe against the governor.
“The accused has been under your surveillance for the last one month and an extension of 60 days will be cited unreasonable. Considering the magnitude of the matter, the case needs to be determined within a short period of time,” said Muya.
Muya said it was the duty of the court to ensure that justice is served to all aggrieved parties.
The case will be mentioned before the trial judge Martin Muya on September 5, for further directions.
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