Muslims for Human Rights-MUHURI has vowed to institute legal course against the government following delayed justice for the late Caleb Espino Otieno.
Otieno is said to have been murdered by police at Changamwe police cells on the 18th of September last year where officer commanding the station tried to cover up.
According to a postmortem report, Espino, 42 died following multiple injuries on the head, internal bleeding, broken ribs, injured kidneys, knees and various parts of the body.
MUHURI Chairperson Khelef Khalifa also scoffed at the Independent Police Oversight Authority-IPOA for taking too long in conducting its investigations and ordering arrest.
According to Khalifa, despite given all the relevant evidence to pursue the case and arrest all the officers involved, IPOA has remained mum over the matter.
“We are instituting legal process against the Officers commanding Changamwe police station, IPOA and the government for failing to handle this matter with the seriousness it deserves,” noted Mr. Khalifa.
He also blamed Mombasa county Police commandant Johnston Ipara for failing to arrest the officers involved in the killing.
“Barely a year later, we are still waiting for action, all the relevant evidence gathered have implicated Changamwe police officers, let the authorities take legal course,” charged Khalifa.
[The late Caleb Espino Otieno. Photo/Courtesy/MUHURI].
He said the rights lobby will never relent until justice for Espino prevails.
Espino, a Mikindani tout was on 18th September last year arrested by Changamwe police officers at Mikindani, Mombasa.
According to witness police demanded money from him which he did not produce, handcuffed from behind they hit him hard and pushed him to a metal road that badly injured his head.
The autopsy report was witnesses by 19 parties among them government pathologist Dr. Johansen Oduor Changamwe DCI James Mwisa, Mohammed Mwatimu from the Independent Medical Legal Unit-IMLU among other parties.
Espinos mother fainted upon arrival in Mombasa on Thursday and she is still recuperating at a private hospital.
Espinos family led by Patrick Okuyosi has urged the government to help them pursue justice for their kin.