State denies Yebei was an ICC witness

CID detectives have taken blood samples from the body of slain ICC witness Meshack Yebei and his family members for a DNA test and forensic investigations.

At the same time, Attorney General Githu Muigai has said the government was not aware of Yebei’s status as an ICC witness.

In a statement yesterday, he said Yebei would have been protected had the state been informed.

Muigai has asked the CID to carry out a thorough probe into the killing.

Human rights groups have, however, alleged a plot to cover up the killing by releasing fake DNA results, indicating the body at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital is not Yebei’s.

Head of Serious Crimes at the CID headquarters John Kariuki, who is leading the probe into Yebei’s killing, said they will carry out in-depth investigations.

The family has agreed to work with the CID and is to carry out its own DNA test.

“We are asking other private groups to help sponsor separate tests because there is talk of ‘fixing’ the results of the tests by the government. We cannot trust the state on this crucial matter,” said human rights activist Ken Wafula.

The family has asked the Kenya National Human Rights Commission, Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Independent Medico Legal Union to assist in conducting a parallel DNA test.

“This is a high-profile case with intense interest. Already, there are claims the DNA results will be fixed to indicate the remains at the morgue are different,” Wafula told the Star on the phone.

Yebei was abducted on December 28 near his home in Turbo, where he had taken his sick child for treatment.

His badly mutilated body was found dumped in a river in Nandi county.

Wafula has threatened to sue National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale for claiming that he was involved in Yebei’s killing.

Yebei’s brother Ben said the family will make sure the killing is solved
-The star

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