KENYA’S COURT DISMISSES CHURCH ARSON CASE


The high court in Kenya has dismissed a case against four men who were accused of involvement in burning to death 33 people in a church in January 2008. The judge said the prosecution had failed to make its case against the men, who were the only people charged with murder over the attack in Eldoret.

arsonJustice David Maraga also blamed shoddy police investigating in his ruling. Eldoret is in the Rift Valley, which was hardest hit by weeks of bloodshed after the disputed December 2007 poll. The four suspects were charged two months after the town’s church was torched by a mob on New Years Day 2008.

“ I am just as outraged at the casual manner in which we are handling serious issues like insecurity in this country and by the attitude of our police force ” Justice David Maraga. Justice Maraga criticised the police and prosecuting authorities as he announced the case would be dropped on Thursday in a 45-page ruling in Nairobi.

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