Doctor sought over death of Venezuela envoy

July 31, 2012 3:01 pm
Police released pictures of the doctor named Muhammed Ahmed Mohammed Hassan whom they say has been mentioned in the probe of the envoy’s death

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 31 – Police are now looking for a Kenyan doctor in connection with the murder of the Venezuela ambassador to Kenya Olga Fonsesca.

On Tuesday, the police released pictures of the doctor named Muhammed Ahmed Mohammed Hassan whom they say has been mentioned in the probe of the envoy’s death.

Fonseca whose body was discovered in her Runda home last Friday morning was murdered after a party on Thursday night.

“The person whose photographs are hereby attached going by the names Muhammed Ahmed Mohammed Hassan is wanted by Criminal Investigations Department Nairobi Area in connection with a case of murder involving the late Olga Fonsesca Jimerez who was until her tragic death the charge D’affairs Venezuelan Embassy in Nairobi,” said police spokesman Eric Kiraithe.

Kiraithe called don the public to help to trace Hassan whom he said was also the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a Nairobi court on Tuesday.

Detectives handling the case of the ambassador led by Nairobi CID police boss Nicholas Kamwende moved to court to request a warrant of arrest for Hassan.

Investigations have shown the suspect is a close friend of the embassy’s First Secretary Dwight Saragay, who was arraigned in court on Monday on the same matter.

On Tuesday the High Court granted the prosecution the orders to hold Sagaray for six more days pending the completion of police complete investigations

Deputy Prosecuting Counsel Tabitha Ouya who made the application on Monday had sought for 14 days saying that police needed time to interrogate more witnesses and to receive the results of DNA samples taken at the crime scene.

Lady Justice Florence Muchemi ruled that the suspect will be detained for six and not 14 days as requested by the State after he was arrested last Saturday.

Two Guards who manned the gate of the slain Venezuelan ambassador Olga Fonseca were also charged with committing a felony for falling to prevent the envoys death.

The two Bernard Owino and Eliud Kimutai who appeared before Chief magistrate Esther Maina however denied the charge and were released on a cash bail of Sh100, 000.

The late Fonseca had been staying at a hotel and had only moved to the embassy’s residence in Runda two days before she was killed on Thursday night.

Police said Fonseca, who arrived in Nairobi on July 15, had not been given a police escort nor was her residence guarded by police

She is suspected to have been murdered over power struggle at the embassy.


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