Re­trial of cop Kirui linked to post-poll vi­o­lence death starts to­day

First trial ended in June, 2010, af­ter High Court judge Fred Ochieng ac­quit­ted him for lack of enough ev­i­dence to link him to Wil­liam Onyango’s mur­der

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The re­trial of po­lice of­fi­cer Ed­ward Kirui, who is ac­cused of killing two pro­test­ers dur­ing the 2007-08 post-elec­tion vi­o­lence, be­gan yes­ter­day at the Mil­i­mani law courts.

The prose­cu­tion called three key wit­nesses it be­lieves will as­sist in reach­ing a ver­dict dif­fer­ent from the one is­sued by an­other court six years ago.

Kirui’s first trial ended in June, 2010, af­ter High Court judge Fred Ochieng ac­quit­ted him for lack of enough ev­i­dence to link him to Wil­liam Onyango’s mur­der.

The ver­dict was, how­ever, si­lent on the se­cond count of the mur­der of Is­mael Chacha, a Tan­za­nian na­tional. The se­cond count forms the ba­sis for the re­newed trial.

“I heard gun­shots, then I saw Chacha and an­other man ly­ing down. The per­son who shot them was very close to where we were,” David Wa­fula told the court yes­ter­day.

“So we lay down. Af­ter a while, an of­fi­cer came and started kick­ing us. I knew him.”

He told trial judge Rose­line Korir the of­fi­cer who kicked him was Kirui. “He raised his hel­met. I clearly saw his face. That’s when I knew who it was,” Wa­fula said.

He told the court he knew Kirui be­fore the in­ci­dent. “I had no difficulty iden­ti­fy­ing him”.

The shoot­ing, which was cap­tured on cam­era, was aired on lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional TV sta­tions, lead­ing to pub­lic out­rage.

Cross-ex­am­ined by Kirui’s lawyer Charles Kip­ko­rir, Wa­fula said he saw Kirui shoot the two men. The hear­ing will re­sume next year on Fe­bru­ary 21, 22, and 23.

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Ed­ward Kirui is led to the court cells in 2010. He was ac­cused of killing a demon­stra­tor in Kisumu dur­ing the 2007-08 post-elec­tion vi­o­lence

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