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Case on Eastleigh matatu blast riots adjourned



Friday, January 25, 2013

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Seventy seven young men of Somali origin were yesterday brought before a Kibera court for the hearing of their extortion and causing disturbance charges.

However, the hearing did not take off as the prosecution said the police file had not been availed to them. The prosecutor said they have not bonded the witnesses who will testify in the case.

He asked the court for more time for the Starehe CID boss to provide necessary instructions for the case. Acting Kibera chief magistrate David Ochenja said it will be hard to carry out a hearing of the case.

He warned the prosecution that he was giving a final adjournment and asked them to either withdraw the case or "put your house in order".

Most of the accused, who are students, told the magistrate that their studies are being interfered with. They were arrested in connection with the riots that occured after a matatu exploded in Eastleigh, killing seven people last November. The case will be heard on February 25.

Source: The Star



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