KENYA: COURT SENTENCES FOUR TO HANG FOR ETHNIC CLASHES
May 20, 2014: A court in Garsen, Tana Delta district has sentenced four men, including a former GSU officer, to hang. The four are accused of allegedly participating in a violent robbery that led to the murder of 38 people, including nine police officers, at Kilelengwani at the height of deadly tribal clashes between ethnic Orma and Pokomo in late 2012.
Police and the prosecution accuse Mohamed Yusa and eight others of participating in the killing of his comrades during a communal war in which more than 200 people were killed. Apart from the robbery with violence charge, the convicts were also accused of participating in violence leading to massacre. Garsen principal magistrate Justus Kituku sentenced them to death after they were positively identified by witnesses while two others were acquitted for lack of evidence.
The nine who faced nine counts of robbery with violence include: Ali Daku, Abdalla Balozi, Ade Ali, Ali Amuma, Ali Hussein alias Fundi, Salim Ismae, former GSU officer Mohammed Yusa alias Saa Robo, Feiswal Swaleh and Ali Barisa. Those convicted were Daku,Hussein, Ismae and Yusa while Balozi and Swaleh were acquitted. (Sources: standardmedia.co.ke, 20/05/2014)