Kenya: High profile Willie Kimani murder trial resumes in camera

February 14, 2017

Lawyers and civil society members demonstrate in Nairobi against extrajudicial killings following the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client boda boda rider Josephat Mwendwa and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, July 4, 2016. /JACK OWUOR

The high profile trial of five in the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and two others has resumed but it is now private.

Kimani, 32, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were killed and their bodies dumped in Oldonyo Sabuk river.

Justice Jessie Lesiit barred journalists, court orderlies, relatives of the victims and suspects and the general public from sitting in the courtroom.

Lesiit said on Tuesday that the parties will be barred until key witnesses in the protection programme testify in camera.

The prosecution has already called two key witnesses, among them a man who claimed Kimani threw him a tissue paper saying they were in danger.

The team said it had two more witnesses who “cannot testify in public as they are fearful for their lives”.



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