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Kenya: Police Deny Hiding Suspect in Venezuela Murder Probe

First secretary of the Venezuela embassy has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder. Dwight Saragay appeared before justice Florence Muchemi and ... ( Resource: Kenya: Venezuelan First Secretary Faces Murder Charges

The head of the diplomatic police unit Allan Sangoro yesterday denied claims that some of his officers were helping a doctor wanted for the murder of Venezuela ambassador to Kenya Olga Fonseca.

Sangoro described as "malicious' claims by Dr Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Hassan that he was hiding in Kenyan with the assistance of some of senior officials of the unit. "The statement is malicious. A warrant of arrest has been issued against him and we looking for him. He needs to name the police officers protecting him so that we can arrest them," said Sangoro.

In an exclusive interview with the Star, Mohamed claimed he had been 'advised' by some of the diplomat police unit officers "to lie low for the time being " soon after news of the envoy's murder on July 26 was announced. Yesterday, Mohammed said he will present himself to the police 'soon' and share whatever information he had about the diplomat's murder. The first secretary at the Venezuela embassy Dwight Sagaray has since denied murder charges.

Police have said that Mohamed was a close friend of Sagaray and knew a lot about the goings on in the embassy even though he was not an employee. Two security guards from Securex have also been charged with failing to prevent the envoy's murder. The two were released on a cash bail of Sh100, 000 with a surety of Sh500, 000 each. Their case will be heard on August 27.

Speaking from his hideout, Mohammed said he expected the police to contact him on his email address as they already have it." I will reveal all once the police contact me. I hope they do since I am sure they have my e-mail contacts," he told the Star. He alleged that the diplomat had a day or two before she was murdered, had the locks in the residence changed and a spare set of keys given to a top official at the embassy and another set to a Spanish speaking academician allegedly working in Kenya illegally.

Mohammed accused the police jumping to conclusions and targeting him as a suspect instead of interviewing those who were at the residence just hours before the envoy's body was found. Mohammed gave details about who at the embassy was responsible for managing the diplomatic bag following the abrupt departure of the former ambassador Gerardo Carillo Silva who left in May soon after some of his employees complained he had been sexually harassing them.

Fonseca was appointed to replace him and arrived in the country on July 15 2012. She was murdered 11 days later. Mohammed repeated allegations-which have since been denied by the Venezuela government-that some embassy officials could have been using the diplomatic privileges associated with diplomatic cargo to traffic in drugs from Venezuela to Kenya before sneaking the same out to other destinations.

Mohammed came to the defense of Sagaray, with whom they shared a house in Runda. He said Sagaray had gone to see his doctor and was driven home at 7.30 pm by an embassy driver. Mohammed claimed Sagaray remained in the house until the next morning when news of the envoy's death was announced.

Mohammed said he left home at about 9 pm and went to meet friends at a social place in Westlands where they met every Thursday. He also denies claims by two of the embassy's drivers that he used the diplomat's vehicle on the night of the murder. Statements recorded by the two drivers indicate that they had on the night before the murder, they met with Mohammed at a city hotel and he had driven off with the diplomat's car after giving them Sh2,000 each for taxi fare home.

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