3 more arrests over Venezuelan envoy’s killing

Fonseca, 57 was found dead at her official residence in Runda on the morning of July 27/CFM-File[/caption]
Fonseca, 57 was found dead at her official residence in Runda on the morning of July 27/CFM-File

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – Three more suspects have been arrested over the murder of Venezuelan envoy Olga Fonseca.

They three include a General Service Unit (GSU) officer and two other men who attended a party the night before the envoy was found dead in July.

Nairobi provincial police boss Moses Nyakwama said that they were picked up on their way to Runda from Mwiki where two of them stay.

“The three are already in police custody. Our officers are finalising the charges to be preferred against them when they appear in court tomorrow,” said Nyakwama.

He also disclosed that police they are closing in on one of the main suspects Ahmed Mohammed who is still at large.

The three men are due to be arraigned in court on Friday where their charges will be consolidated with that of Venezuelan embassy official Dwight Saragay who is facing murder.

Saragay was presented in court on Monday again but he was denied bail.

Justice Nicholas Ombija ruled that Saragay who is the First Secretary at the embassy should remain in custody until his case is concluded.

Justice Ombija said that Saragay was likely to collude with Mohammed to interfere with and intimidate witnesses.

“Most of the witnesses are his subordinates at the embassy and fear for their lives if he is released and meets his co-accused and close friend,” ruled Justice Ombija.

The hearing of the case in which Saragay has denied murdering the envoy is expected to commence in February next year.

He applied for bail arguing that his studies in law at the University of Nairobi have been hampered by his detention.

He insisted that he was a law abiding individual who was ready to obey all directives given by the court.

Saragay is set to argue out another application on November 12 in which he is challenging the jurisdiction of the Kenyan courts to handle the case.

He says that the waiver of his diplomatic immunity by the Venezuelan government which came after his arrest was invalid as he enjoyed immunity at the time of his arrest.

The late Fonseca (57) was found dead at her official residence in Runda on the morning of July 27. She is suspected to have been strangled following a power struggle at the Embassy.

Two guards who manned the gate of the slain Venezuelan ambassador were in July charged with committing a felony for failing to prevent the envoy’s death.

LORDRICK MAYABI :Lordrick is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is passionate about political and governance issues. He also takes keen interest in human rights matters, justice and is fond of sports.