Three more suspects arrested over murder of Rai Cement boss Chetan Vyas


Three more suspects arrested over murder of Rai Cement boss Chetan Vyas
Suspects linked to the murder of former Rai Cement boss Chetan Vyas after their arrest on October 5, 2019. PHOTOS | COURTESY

In Summary

  • The three are; Michael Nicholas Mibei (42), Hilary Cheruiyot Kemboi (36), and Daniel Ruto (52).
  • The suspects were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) acting on forensic-led intelligence.
  • Remains of a destroyed phone belonging to the victim were recovered during the arrest and his sim card confiscated from one of the suspects’ home.

Three more suspects linked to the murder of Rai Cement factory manager Chetan Vyas were on Saturday evening arrested at Soin in Kericho County.

The three – Michael Nicholas Mibei (42), Hilary Cheruiyot Kemboi (36), and Daniel Ruto (52) – were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) acting on forensic-led intelligence.

Remains of a destroyed phone belonging to the victim were recovered during the arrest and his sim card confiscated from one of the suspects’ home.

“The killers are believed to have destroyed the phone to erase traces of evidence. Several other damaged sim cards linked to other crimes were also recovered from Mibei’s house,” said the DCI.

The DCI further added that Rai Cement bought part of the land on which its factory sits from the suspects, adding that the three are now in custody and assisting in further investigations.

Five suspects had also Saturday morning been arrested over the gruesome murder of Mr. Vyas.

They are Azim Salim (38), Osman Noor (24), Mohamed Shahid (38),Yacoob Wali (24) and Shabdin Ismail (29).

“They are all loading Supervisors in Rai Cement Company from Mombasa. The aspect of terror is also being investigated in the murder,” stated the DCI.

It also emerged that Shabdin Ismail previously worked in Saudi Arabia and Qatar as a security guard.

The arrests followed extensive forensic investigations of the crime scene in the residential house of the deceased.

The DCI further cautioned companies who employ foreign-trained personnel to always seek their clearance, which is done through coordination with International Police (Interpol).

The body of Chetan Vyas was discovered at his house in Kericho on September 23, hands and legs bound with a rope that was also tied around his neck.

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