Five police officers charged with killing Mombasa tout object to murder charge

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Five police officers accused of murdering a Mombasa tout Caleb Espino are challenging the decision by the prosecution to charge them with murder.

Police officers Khalif Abdulahi Sigat, James Muli Koti, Joseph Odhiambo Sirawa, Edward Kongo Onchonga, and Nelson Nkanae say an inquest should have started first before they got arraigned on September 9, 2021.

The court directed them to file submissions, consequently delaying the murder trial that was to commence on December 6-7, 2021-three months after the officers took a plea and denied murdering the conductor.

Espino died on September 17, 2018, at Changamwe police station.

Witnesses said police assaulted the conductor, and an autopsy revealed he died from multiple wounds.

Muslim Fir Human Rights (MUHURI) and Independent Medical Legal Unit-IMLU,  have vowed to the release of the five.

Story courtesy of Muhuri

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