21 February 2014

Kenya: Calls for Investigation Into Masjid Mussa Suspect's Disappearance

Kenya National Police Service lawyer Alexander Muteti called for an investigation after police failed to find a suspect who went missing after the raid on Masjid Mussa earlier this month, Kenya's The Standard reported Friday (February 21st).

Hemed Salim Hemed went missing after his arrest at the mosque and has not been seen since. His family last week filed a motion in the Mombasa High Court demanding that police produce him, claiming that the police were either holding him in an undisclosed location or were covering up his death.

Muteti, speaking on behalf of the director of public prosecutions, claimed that Hemed escaped from police custody while en route to Makupa police station. He asked the court to order an inquest by the Independent Police Oversight Authority to establish what happened.

Family lawyer Yusuf Abubakar called for the police officers guarding the suspect to be arrested and charged with murder. His request was echoed by human rights activist Okoiti Omtatah, who said all the police officers who participated in the raid should be arrested and charged.

Muteti said any officer the inquest implicates in connection with Hemed's disappearance would be charged accordingly.

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