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
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.
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