Lawyers want law changed to independently probe police

Lawyers want law changed to independently probe police

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. has proposed changes in the law as a way of ensuring proper investigations are carried out by independent bodies in cases where police are accused or suspected of committing crimes.

Speaking after a requiem mass for slain lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, Mutula said police officers have a tendency of protecting their own suspected of committing crimes.

“We are tired that people can take justice into their hands and then life moves on. As LSK, we shall represent all those who have suffered in the hands of the police,” said Mutula.

Meanwhile, lawyer Charles Kanjama said that they are concerned with the torching of the Syokimau AP Post where it is alleged lawyer Kimani, his client and their taxi driver were held before being murdered.

Kanjama says though much evidence was collected from the police post, the scene of crime is always important.

“Not everything was lost; in fact, a substantial amount of evidence was collected. A crime scene is important until the time of trial. In many criminal trials, the court goes to the crime scene to look at what had happened. The destruction of the crime scene is of concern to us, it will interfere with the ability of the court to review the crime scene and there is always additional evidence that you can collect,” said Kanjama.

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