Venezuela mulls case of killed diplomat in Kenya

August 8, 2012 7:14 am
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Olga Fonseca Gimenez, 57, the Venezuelan charge d’affaires and acting ambassador to Kenya, was found strangled in her Nairobi home on July 27.
CARACAS, Aug 8 – Venezuela had yet to decide Wednesday how to handle the case of a diplomat charged with murdering the country’s acting ambassador to Kenya.

“Only the president (Hugo Chavez) can decide, I have no information on this topic,” a spokesman for Venezuela’s foreign ministry told AFP.

Olga Fonseca Gimenez, 57, the Venezuelan charge d’affaires and acting ambassador to Kenya, was found strangled in her Nairobi home on July 27.

A day later, Kenyan authorities arrested Dwight Sagaray, first secretary at the embassy, and on Monday charged him with the murder. He pleaded not guilty.

The court also charged in absentia a Kenyan, Mohammed Ahmed, with murder. He remains at large and police have issued a warrant for his arrest.

Sagaray should have been eligible for diplomatic immunity, but this was waived before his arrest, Kenyan officials have said.

Last week, Caracas assured Kenyan authorities it would cooperate with them as they investigate the case.

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