, NAIROBI, Kenya, January 28 – The High Court in Mombasa has ruled that two Mpeketoni attack suspects charged with 60 counts of murder have a case to answer.
This is after the prosecution tabled sufficient evidence indicating that the two were directly involved in the massacre.
While making the ruling, Justice Martin Muya directed that two defend themselves against the accusations.
The accused Diana Salim Suleiman and Mahadi Suleiman Mahadi alias Jesus are alleged to have participated in the killing of 60 people in June 2014 at Mpeketoni and Kaisairi Village within Lamu County.
The lead prosecution counsel Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti assisted by a team of prosecutors closed the prosecution’s case after calling thirty two witnesses.
On June 15, Kenya woke up to the shocking news merciless slaughter which left a trail of destruction and deaths of mostly men in the quiet village in Mpeketoni.
According to police, dozens of bodies were found sprawled on the ground in the town, while others were found soaked in blood in houses.
Even before the world digested the news of the tragedy, Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab claimed responsibility of the attack.
The court relied on evidence submitted by the prosecution to determine if the two suspects are responsible for the 60 deaths.