Mpeketoni suspects have case to answer says judge

The two suspects charged with 60 counts of murder for the Mpeketoni massacre have a case to answer, a Mombasa court has ruled.

In his ruling, Mombasa High Court Judge Justice Martin Muya said “I am satisfied that the prosecution has produced a prima facie case against the accused persons to warrant them to be placed on their defence.”

The case has been set for hearing on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of February 2016. The defence team of Mr. Taib Taib and Mr. Olaba said they will call a total of thirteen witnesses. The two accused persons are out on bond.

The accused Diana Salim Suleiman and Mahadi Swaleh Mahadi alias Jesus are alleged to have participated in the killing of 60 people on the nights of the 15th and 16th June 2014 at Mpeketoni and Kaisairi Village within Lamu County.

The lead prosecution counsel Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti assisted by a team of prosecutors Wednesday closed the prosecution’s case after calling a total of 32 witnesses.

By Hilary Mongera

Source: KNA