Court demands witnesses in Venezuela envoy murder trial

May 18, 2015 3:18 pm
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Judge Roselyn Korir complained that the State had failed to act to secure Venezuelan witnesses as earlier agreed/FILE
Judge Roselyn Korir complained that the State had failed to act to secure Venezuelan witnesses as earlier agreed/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – The High Court on Monday was concerned over the prosecution’s failure to present witnesses in the murder trial of the late Venezuelan envoy Olga Fonseca.

Judge Roselyn Korir complained that the State had failed to act to secure Venezuelan witnesses as earlier agreed.

The prosecution led by Tabitha Ouya was directed to present a list of Venezuelan witnesses who will be expected to testify.

It was further asked to explain how the witnesses were identified.

The Venezuelan Embassy had complained over the slow pace of the murder trial against Dwight Saragay and four security guards who have denied committing the offence on July 27, 2012.

“It cannot be the same embassy that is participating in delaying this matter,’’ the judge said.

Ouya explained to the court that she was unable to secure the witnesses as she was advised to go through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“I went there but for some unknown reasons it took longer than I expected although the embassy is committed to provide the witnesses,” she explained.

The case continues.

Fonseca’s body was discovered in her Runda home in July, 2012 after a party the previous night.

READ: Venezuela envoy in Nairobi found dead

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