Ex-Gov’t pathologist in body organs scandal blocks arrest


Ex-Gov't pathologist in body organs scandal blocks arrest
Former Government Chief Pathologist Moses Njue. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Former Chief Government Pathologist Moses Njue has secured orders blocking police from arresting him in connection to allegations of stealing body organs.
  • The High Court in Kerugoya granted Dr. Njue an anticipatory bond of Ksh 200,000 pending hearing and determination of an application to stop the possible prosecution.
  • Njue, who now serves as CEO Embu Teaching and Referral Hospital, sought the court's intervention after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution recommended his arrest.

Former Chief Government Pathologist Moses Njue  has secured orders blocking police from arresting him in connection to allegations of stealing body organs.

The High Court in Kerugoya granted Dr. Njue an anticipatory bond of Ksh 200,000 pending hearing and determination of an application to stop the possible prosecution.

Njue, who now serves as CEO Embu Teaching and Referral Hospital, sought the court’s intervention after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution recommended his arrest.

Through Lawyer Victor Andande, the pathologist told the court that he has been receiving calls supposedly from police who are looking for him.

The lawyer said his client has not been able to discharge his duties as chief executive following media reports on the matter.

He however said the doctor is willing to cooperate with the necessary agencies with investigations.

A report by the assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, C. M. Mwaniki is the one that recommended Dr Njue be charged with three counts:  theft, wilful destruction of evidence and illegal removal of body parts.

Justice Lucy Gitari ordered that the application be heard at the High Court in Embu within 21 days.

In his notice of motion, the lawyer indicated that the allegations relate to a post-mortem performed by Dr Njue alongside another doctor in Meru three years ago.

He said Dr Njue’s Constitutional rights are likely to be infringed by the impending arrest and maintained that he was at the time of the said incident, diligently discharging his duties as a State officer.

Justice Gitari, while certifying the application urgent, directed the lawyer to serve the Inspector General of Police, Director of Criminal Investigations and Director of Public Prosecutions with copies of the application.

The matter has been slated for hearing on May 30.

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