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Saturday, May 23, 2015

New hearing for Kenyan sentenced to death with UK help

A Kenyan court will this Monday and Tuesday hear the appeal of a man who was sentenced to death after a flawed trial, on charges relating to the murder of a Briton.

Ali Babitu Kololo, a 35-year-old father of two from a marginalised tribe in northern Kenya, was sentenced to death in 2013 after Kenyan police tortured him into ‘confessing’ that he led Somali kidnappers to an island resort, where they would abduct a British woman, Judith Tebbutt, and kill her husband David. 

British police flew to Kenya to assist with the prosecution investigation, and testified for the prosecution, despite Mr Kololo's torture and the likelihood that he would receive the death penalty.

Mr Kololo’s trial was based solely on limited circumstantial evidence, and was conducted in a language he does not speak fluently, and without the presence of his lawyer during crucial hearings. Mr Kololo has always maintained his innocence.

In hearings beginning on Monday (25th), the Malindi High Court will consider Mr Kololo’s appeal against his conviction, including deciding whether his lawyers can present new evidence not heard at his original trial.

Source: Reprieve, May 22, 2015

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