JUDGE RASHES OUT AT POLICE FOR MISHANDLING LAWYER’S MURDER INQUIRY.

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Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro, Head of Flying Squad John Kariuki and  Serious Crimes Unit boss Said Mohamed before Justice Lukas Kimaru who summoned them to appear at Milimani Law court on Tuesday July 5,2016.
BY SAM ALFAN.

The High Court in Nairobi has found that there is a wicked culture of impunity in the police service and unless conditions that breed such mentality are weeded out, the government is just engaging in a PR exercise.

While giving a decision on the inquiry of slain lawyer Willy Kimani with his client and a taxi driver, Justice Luka Kimaru strongly condemned the police force over the mishandling of investigations on their deaths.

The investigators were accused of presenting shoddy evidence that cannot be used to nail the culprits.

Judge Kimaru also described lawyer Kimani as a champion of human rights and hardworking lawyer.

He cautioned that the police service should fight impunity within its members. He also asked them to build trust and confidence among Kenyans.

In a one hour ruling, the judge said that facts of the application disclose the existence of a culture of impunity in the police force that enable such acts as were perpetrated by the alleged administration police officers to take place.

He said that unless the conditions that breeds and feeds that mentality are weeded out from the police service then such habits are bound to be repeated.

“It is clear that the investigations were timid first by denial by the officers based at the Syokimau chief’s camp as ever having held the three in their custody, “judge said.

Judge Kimaru ruled that there was distinct lack of enthusiasm by the police to investigate the disappearance of the three people when the incident was first reported to them.

The court concluded that the death of the three persons should hopefully be a watershed in the way complaints and misconduct of some police officers are investigated.

Law society of Kenya was also given the green light to amend its petition and seek for compensation from the government on behalf of the slain lawyer and two others. The case was transferred the constitutional and human rights divisions

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