, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – A police officer who was acquitted in a murder case stemming from the 2008 post-election violence has been charged afresh with the same offence.
Edward Kirui who was allegedly captured on TV shooting a young man in Kondele slum was arraigned in court Monday morning in Nairobi where the fresh charge was read out to him.
He has denied killing the young man identified as Ismail Chacha on January 16, 2008 in the heat of the poll chaos which left over 1,100 people dead.
He has been remanded in custody until November 3 when the case will be mentioned after police sought more time to finalise their investigations.
Kirui who was based in Kisumu during the disputed 2007 election was acquitted by a Nairobi Court for lack of evidence linking him to the shooting of two protesters.
On April 30, 2010 Kirui claimed in court that he was framed.
In his defence, Kirui told Justice Fred Ochieng he did not commit the offence but was implicated.
Kirui was giving his side of the story after he was put on his defence by Justice Ochieng who ruled that the accused had a case to answer.
Justice Ochieng had held that evidence adduced by a ballistics expert during the hearing of the case showed that bullets recovered from the bodies of the victims were fired from the firearm that was used by the accused on the fateful day.
But Kirui told the court: “I did not commit the offence as alleged. Police implicated me because I happened to be at the scene of crime when the incident occurred.”