Who killed ICC witness Yebei and why?
04 March 2015, 13:17
Nairobi - A missing ICC witness' body has been found in Voi, police have confirmed raising questions as to who killed him and why.
The body of Meshack Yebei was found last week in Voi by police and after DNA tests done, confirmed that the body is indeed the one belonging to the former ICC witness.
Police said that the family will be allowed to take the body for burial.
" The body is that of Yebei. The body has been released for burial once paperwork is completed," a CID officer at the Voi police station told News24.
Now though, the issue has turned from whether he is alive or dead to who and why he was killed.
His family has previously stated that Yebei has received death threats over his association with the ICC and the ongoing case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang.
He was also the centre of attention from both sides of the divide, with the prosecution accusing him of helping get rid of witnesses from the case and the defence saying that he was their witness.
But that still does not answer the question.
Who killed him and why?
" He was killed in connection with the ICC case," Michael Njenga a political analyst told News24. That much is obvious as the light of day, he said.
" Who killed him is a different story. No one will know for sure because the stakes are very high," he added.
There has been talk that Yebei sent a text message to his family stating that he was meeting people from the ICC at the time of his disappearance.
Could that have been a smokescreen or his death is linked to the Hague based court?
Further, he was abducted in Turbo, Western Kenya. How did he end up in Voi, over 600 kilometers from where he was abducted?
DP Ruto and his team, as too the prosecution have yet to comment on the recovery of the body. That will likely point to the next step in the mystery.
For now though, his family can at-least rest easy, knowing they will bury their loved one; the real Meshack Yebei.
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