Two PEV suspects sentenced to death by a Kitale Court
Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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Part of the letter that the suspects wrote to ICC prosecutor at that time Luis Moreno Ocampo wanting their case to be heard at The Hague. [Photos | Leonard Wamalwa]
Two suspects of murder believed to have executed the crimes during the 2007/2008 post-elections violence have been sentenced to death by the high court in Kitale.
The two, Mosobin Sot Ngeiywa alias Clay and Jafeth Simiyu Wekesa faced four counts of murder that was executed in January 2008 in Kalaha Farm in Trans Nzoia West District jointly with others not before the court.
Mosobin and Wekesa were accused to have on 16/1/2008 at Kalaha farm with others not before the court murdered Gladys Nanjala, Alex Simiyu, Vincent Waswa and Smith Wekhoyela John contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code.
Kitale high court judge, Justice Joseph Karanja in his ruling said that the evidence provided by the prosecution against the accused was concrete and overwhelming and proved beyond reasonable doubts that they committed the crimes.
"This court hereby finds that the charges have been proved beyond doubt against the accused and hereby find them guilty as charged in all the four counts and convicted accordingly," said the judge.
An exerpt of story in one of the dailies in the country based on the letter that was written to the ICC Prosecutor.
Letter to Ocampo
However, in an unusual happening the convicts had early in 2011 while at the Kitale Main prison remand written a letter to the ICC's then Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo wanting him to have them tried at the international court terming Kenya's judicial proceedings as slow.
The two had been out on bond and came to attend the ruling only to be surprised that the gallows awaited them following the eventual ruling by the court.
They now have fourteen days to appeal against the ruling.