IG orders arrest of cops linked to disappearance of lawyer, 2 others

July 1, 2016 10:26 am
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People who gathered at the City Mortuary as news filtered that bodies of Kimani and the two others had been found/CFM NEWS
People who gathered at the City Mortuary as news filtered that bodies of Kimani and the two others had been found/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 1 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Friday ordered the immediate arrest of three police officers suspected to be linked to the mysterious disappearance of lawyer Willie Kimani.

Kimani went missing on June 23 together with his client and a taxi driver, along Mombasa Road, where it is believed they were abducted.

The advocate works as an investigator with the International Justice Mission and was abducted after attending court in Mavoko, in a case involving an Administration Police officer.

The Law Society of Kenya has since urged detectives to expedite the probe and identify the people behind their disappearance.

The society has complained over what they claim is an increasing trend against advocates, since another lawyer went missing in 2013.

Detectives have revealed that his employers and relatives made frantic efforts to reach them on the fateful day without success.

“Efforts to trace them as well as inquiries were made to various places including Police stations such as Mavoko, Athi River and Kiambu,” police records indicate.

The vehicle they were using was traced on June 24, a day after the incident, at Kamirithu area in Limuru.

READ: LSK demands phone records of missing lawyer, 2 others

On Thursday, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) went to court seeking to compel Safaricom Limited to produce all phone call records of missing lawyer W Kimani, his client and a taxi driver.

The lawyers’ umbrella body wants records of Kimani, Josephat Mwendwa and Joseph Murimi produced in court.

LSK through lawyer John Khaminwa wants the mobile provider directed to do so on grounds that it has installed national surveillance communication and control system which links all security agencies and CCTV cameras in Nairobi and Mombasa which can be used to trace the trio.

Pending determination of the application, LSK wants the court to order the production of the three before a court of law within 24 hours.

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