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Tob Cohen's body was discovered in a septic tank in his compound in Kitisuru, Nairobi.

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Tob Cohen’s family wants DPP out for failing to charge key murder suspects

NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 27 -The family of late billionaire Tob Cohen have accused the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji of conducting selective Prosecution  in the gruesome murder.

The family’s lawyer Danstan Omari told journalists Monday that he had been given instructions to file a petition for the removal of the DPP.

Cohen, a celebrated golf tournament organizer, was reported missing in July 2019, and his wife Sarah Cohen was arrested and detained when detectives linked her to his death. She was eventually charged alongside businessman Peter Karanja.

Cohen is a former Chief Executive Officer of Dutch conglomerate Philips East Africa who had lived in Kenya for many years.

Omari told the journalists at Milimani Law Courts that it has emerged from an affidavit filed by the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti that the DPP had rejected or refused to prosecute key suspects who were involved in the murder.

The lawyer said there was evidence that Cohen was killed by prominent persons who the DCI recommended for prosecution but were not charged.

He pointed out that Cohen had discovered that his 999 shares had been stolen from his company and the matter was reported to the police but no action was taken. Cohen died six days later and his body was found in a septic tank in his compound several days later.

Omari now wants the DPP to appear in court for cross-examination based on the affidavit by the DCI.

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Cohen’s wife Sarah Wairimu is facing murder charges alongside businessman Peter Karanja. They both denied the charges and are out on bond.

“The body was been found in what we initially thought to be septic tank at his home but we later realized it was an underground water tank,” Kinoti told Capital FM News from the scene of crime on the day the body was found.

Detectives said the body had been blindfolded and wrapped in a blue blanket, with both hands tied, suggesting he may have been tortured to death, according to detectives handling the case.

DCI boss George Kinoti addressing journalists when Cohen’s body was found on September 13, 2019. /DCI.

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