Nairobi (AX) – Accused Eastleigh police officer Ahmed Rashid filed a case on the Milimani courtroom on Wednesday, claiming Kenya’s twin homicide fees in opposition to him by Kenya’s Impartial Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) was a “well-choreographed plan to fix him without legal basis.”
Rashid’s lawyer Danstan Omar urged the Workplace of the Prosecuting Authority (ODPP) to dismiss the double homicide fees in opposition to him.
The grievance consists of allegations in opposition to IPOA, ODPP and Inspector Common Japhet Koome, in addition to letters of help from the Eastleigh Enterprise neighborhood. Rashid, recognized in Eastleigh as a hard-nosed “top nut”, is accused of murdering Jamal Mohamed and Mohamed Dahir Kheri, two alleged gang members, at Amal Plaza in Eastleigh on March 31, 2017, in entrance of a whole lot of horrified consumers.
The video was recorded on cellphone cameras by civilians.
Human rights teams accused Rashid and his crew of officers – referred to as the Pangani Six – of extrajudicial killings.
The indictment was filed final week.
Court docket paperwork filed Wednesday reveal Ahmed Rashid’s account of the homicide.
Based on police, Rashid was within the space round 1st Avenue in Eastleigh when he acquired a radio name a couple of theft in progress at Amal Plaza. He rushed to the scene with uniformed and plainclothes officers and was confronted by the armed suspects.
“That the petitioner and his colleagues had been following the robbers who on the same date of the incident had robbed several well-known persons,” the courtroom paperwork state.
Seven armed robbers then opened hearth on Rashid and the opposite officers – with not less than one suspect utilizing a selfmade gun being shot useless. Officers killed the second suspect after he tried to disarm the officer.
“One of the robbers, realizing he was cornered, attempted to wrest a firearm from a police officer. In the ensuing scuffle, he was also shot and neutralized.”
Rashid claims the identical group of robbers had been answerable for a number of comparable armed assaults within the Eastleigh space.
“The DPP’s decision to charge me with the crime of murder is irrational, an abuse of discretion, a failure to act fairly in the exercise of discretion exercised out of malice or other relevant public interest considerations, inconsistent with the interests of due administration of justice” , claimed lawyer Danstan Omari.
Supporters of controversial officers – together with dozens of Eastleigh residents – protested exterior the Milimani courtroom on Wednesday, saying their neighborhood wants vigilant cops like Ahmed Rashid to guard them from brutal criminals.
Enterprise leaders and merchants additionally submitted signed testimonies in Rashid’s defence, claiming the taking pictures, which was caught on video, helped scale back crime within the wider Eastleigh space.