NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – The hearing of the case against five suspects charged in connection with the April 2 Garissa University College terror attack in which 148 people were killed failed to kick off Monday.
This is after the prosecution was informed that the Trial Magistrate, Daniel Ogembo, was preparing to appear before the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board.
Appearing in a different court, State Counsel Duncan Ondimu opposed the adjournment on the grounds that there were already witnesses lined up to testify.
The defense in turn accused the prosecution of failing to supply them with all the witness statements.
But Ondimu defended that the testimonies of those set to take the stand would not prejudice the suspects as they would simply be recounting what they recollected of the attack.
The case was adjourned with the prosecution being given two weeks to supply the defence with witness statements and a mention date set for September 1 for further directions on Ogembo’s availability.
Mohamed Ali Abikar, Hassan Edin Hassan, Sahal Diriye Hussein, Osman Abdi Dagane and Rashid Charles Mberesero (a Tanzanian), on June 4 denied conspiring to commit a terrorist act and the 148 separate counts of committing a terrorist act which resulted in the death of 142 Garissa University College students and six members of the security forces.
The suspects remain in detention after the prosecution opposed their release on bond.