, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 — The murder trial of five people accused of killing lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and taxi driver in June commenced on Thursday with the prosecution making its opening remarks.
Trial judge Ruth Sitati heard that accused Administration Police Officer Frederick Ole Leliman played a key role in the execution of the three.
Lawyer Fred Ojiambo said the Prosecution would prove to the court that Leliman and his co-accused persons were involved in the murder of the deceased persons and had a common intention.
Justice Sitati was told that the Prosecution has both direct and circumstantial evidence against the four Administration Police officers and a taxi driver who have since denied committing the offence.
The Prosecution informed the court that it would call about 60 witnesses to give evidence in addition to forensic evidence.
A tissue paper which the slain advocate is alleged to have written a cry for help on will also be produced in court.
The prosecution went on to state that according to cellphone data obtained from mobile operator Safaricom, the accused persons were in constant communication around the period around the deceased persons mysteriously disappeared.
It was submitted that Leliman felt threatened after a complaint was lodged against him before the Independent Policing Oversight Authority by one of the deceased persons; motivating the murders.