Police given a month to complete probe on Lamu governor

July 17, 2014 7:40 am
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Timamy is facing murder and terrorism charges over the Mpeketoni attacks that left over 70 people killed. Photo/FILE.
Timamy is facing murder and terrorism charges over the Mpeketoni attacks that left over 70 people killed. Photo/FILE.
MOMBASA, Kenya, July 17 – The High Court has granted the prosecution a month to finalise investigations in the case against Lamu Governor Issa Timamy, who is facing murder, terrorism and forceful transfer of population charges.

High Court Judge Martin Muya said the 30 days are sufficient to enable the prosecution to carry out a comprehensive probe.

The prosecution had requested the court to delay the case for two months to facilitate the investigations.

“The respondent has been on their radar for the last one month… an extension for two months is deemed unreasonable. It will be prejudicial for this matter to hang on him for inordinate duration,” ruled Muya.

READ Prosecution seeks 2-month delay in Timamy case

In his ruling on Thursday, the judge said the court cannot be used as a tool for political intimidation as claimed by defence lawyers.

Muya said the court will ensure those involved in the deadly attacks taking place Lamu and Tana River counties are prosecuted.

“The fact of matter is they are goons out there murdering innocent citizens. It’s the court’s sacred duty to ensure that justice is done including for the low and mighty,” said Muya.

During his submissions, State counsel Alexander Muteti requested for the extension since potential witnesses were displaced as result on the ongoing killings witnessed in the two counties.

READ Over 20 killed in Lamu, Tana River attacks

Defence lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi opposed the application by the State, terming the case as political in nature with ulterior motives.

Abdullahi said the court should not agree to be used in settling political scores.

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