Two more Mpeketoni attack suspects arraigned
31 July 2014, 09:53
Mombasa - Two more men have been charged before the Mombasa law court in connection with Mpeketoni attacks that left over 60 people dead.
Joseph Chege and Swaleh Aumi are the latest suspects to be arraign over the Lamu attacks, after governor Isa Timmamy, matatu driver Diyana Salim and a business tycoon Mahadi Swaleh Mahadi alias Jesus.
The state prosecution, led by lawyer Okello, made an application before the court to have the two accused persons examined by a psychiatric before they could be allowed to take plea before the court.
The defense lawyer, Yusuf Abubakar objected the state application stating that the state had violated article 49 of the constitution.
"The accused are to be arraigned in court within 24 hours of arrest but Swaleh was charged after seven days since his arrest on July 23,” said Abubakar.
Abubakar told the court that the prosecution had ample time to examine the accused before arraigning them in court and the application was unfair to the accused.
Justice Martin Muya objected the application made by defense lawyer to release the accused on bail and ordered that the accused be taken for a mental check before they could be allowed to take plea before the court.
Meanwhile in the same court, Justice Muya rejected the application to release business tycoon Mahadi Swaleh Mahadi alias Jesus on bail.
In his ruling, Muya said the court declined to give out the bail to protect the accused, because on different occasions suspects have been murdered mysteriously while out on bail, citing the cases of Aboud Rogo and Sharrif Abubakar Alias Makaburi who were killed by known assailants.
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