In Summary
  • Investigating officers had asked the court to have the suspects detained for a week but lawyer Cliff Ombeta claimed some were tortured during interrogation.
  • The lawyer alleged that the torture was by the police officers who arrested and interrogated the suspects.
  • The defence team further noted that police officers should have gathered enough evidence before arresting the suspects.

A court on Monday ordered medical checks for suspects in the Sh72 million Standard Chartered Bank heist following claims they were unwell due to torture by police.

Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku said the claim was made by one of the lawyers representing the suspects, who include three Administration Police officers.

The lawyer alleged that the torture was by the police officers who arrested and interrogated the suspects.

The suspects are APs Chris Machogi, Duncan Luvuga and Boniface Mutua alongside civilians Vincent Owuor, Alex Mutuku and Francis Muriuki.

LAWYER'S CLAIMS

Investigating officers had asked the court to have the six detained for a week but lawyer Cliff Ombeta claimed some were tortured during interrogation.

Mr Ombeta told the court that Mr Owuor was forced to say he is a police officer yet he is not.

He also alleged that one of suspect's fingers was pierced and then dipped in pepper before he was compelled to state that he was a police officer.

The lawyer further claimed that Mr Luvuga was immersed in water and thoroughly beaten up, sustaining head injuries.

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