Fam­i­lies of slain women ter­ror sus­pects won’t al­low bod­ies to be cut

The fam­i­lies of the three backed out of the post­morten sev­eral times yes­ter­day, as hu­man rights de­fend­ers in­sisted and con­vinced them that it must be con­ducted

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The au­top­sies of the three slain women sus­pected to be ter­ror­ists was post­poned in­def­i­nitely yes­ter­day af­ter their fam­i­lies re­fused to have the bod­ies cut, de­spite hav­ing agreed to the pro­ce­dure ear­lier.

The three women are said to have at­tacked the Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion in Mombasa on Septem­ber 11. They are al­leged to have had a knife and petrol bomb, an ac­count dis­puted by ma­jor hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions.

They cite a video that ap­pears to show a po­lice­man re­peat­edly shoot­ing one of the women as she lay on the ground, rais­ing an arm in sur­ren­der.

The post­mortem was can­celled as the gov­ern­ment pathol­o­gist Jo­hansen Oduor said the au­topsy can­not be con­ducted un­til lawyers from both sides agree over the is­sue. The bod­ies are still at the Coast Gen­eral Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary.

At the hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day, the fam­i­lies in­sisted they wanted to take the bod­ies for Mus­lim burial. They had agreed to the pro­ce­dure and backed out twice, then agreed only to ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion.

The pathol­o­gists only took fin­ger nail and skin sam­ples.

How­ever, two or­gan­i­sa­tion in­sisted that the au­topsy be con­ducted. They are the Mus­lims for Hu­man Rights and the Kenyan Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Hu­man Rights.

It was claimed that all the eight bul­lets in one of the bod­ies ex­ited.

The hu­man rights de­fend­ers now ar­gue that with­out a sin­gle bul­let in the bod­ies, they can­not sus­tain a case which they sus­pect is ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing.

Those present in the post­mortem room were Oduor, Dr Mbuko (pathol­o­gist), Dr Salim from CGH, par­ents of the two girls, and two other fe­male sib­lings.

Also present at the hos­pi­tal were KNCHR of­fi­cer in charge of in­ves­ti­ga­tions Ka­manda Mucheke, Kenya Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion’s An­drew Songa and In­de­pen­dent Med­i­cal Le­gal Unit rep­re­sen­ta­tive Hilda Ny­atete.

Ab­di­rah­man Hus­sein, the fa­ther to two of the slain girls – Maimuna Ab­dil­rah­man Hus­sein and Ramla Ab­dil­rah­man Hus­sein – was ac­com­pa­nied by hu­man rights ac­tivists and other rel­a­tives.

Po­lice said the two girls, to­gether with sus­pected mas­ter­mind, Tas­neem Tak­oub, at­tacked the po­lice sta­tion, stabbed an of­fi­cer and threw a petrol bomb.

Muhuri chair­man Khelef Khal­ifa, CEO Has­san Ab­dile and Frederick Okado said it took great ef­fort to con­vince the fam­ily to agree to the post­mortem.

Khal­ifa said they are still try­ing to lo­cate rel­a­tives of the third sus­pected ter­ror­ist.

Ac­cord­ing to the hu­man rights of­fi­cers, one body had more than eight bul­lets. That post­mortem will take a long time be­cause each bul­let must be lo­cated and its tra­jec­tory traced.

The pathol­o­gists were to han­dle one body at a time.

“I have counted at least eight bul­let wounds in one of the bod­ies,” Mucheke said.

/REUTERS

Po­lice of­fi­cers and ex­plo­sive ex­perts look at the body of a ter­ror sus­pect out­side the Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion in Mombasa on Septem­ber 11

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