American family killed in Kenya want separate investigation
The family of an American investor of Somali descent whose body was found with torture wounds a few days after his disappearance in Nairobi want the Kenya Director of Public Prosecutions to conduct a separate investigation from that carried out by the police.
NAIROBI – The family of a Somali-born American investor whose body was found with torture wounds days after his disappearance in Nairobi want Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions to conduct a separate investigation from the one conducted by the police .
In a letter sent through their lawyer, relatives of Bashir Mohamed Mohamud, 36, question the behavior of the police after Mohamud’s disappearance in an apparent kidnapping and call for a separate investigation to be carried out parallel to that of the police.
The family delivered the letter even as local media published articles citing anonymous sources without evidence to suggest that Mohamud was funding extremism through money transfers made by his construction company Infinity Development Limited.
Human rights defenders in Kenya have previously illustrated how police linked the killing of victims to extremism or thefts to explain unsolved killings.
Wilfred Ollal, the coordinator of a network of community social justice centers in Kenya, said people go missing every week before their bodies are found in the countryside, while others are never found.
Killings and enforced disappearances are rife in low-income areas of the capital, but no one is immune, he said.
“Our interventions save some, but the bodies of others are found in the rivers,” Ollal said on Saturday.
Police, without producing any evidence, attempt to explain these murders on social media pages associated with the force by saying that the person killed was a criminal he would have bribed to surrender to freedom, if arrested and continued. Both claims have been proven false by the media and human rights activists.
According to rights group Missing Voices, Kenyan police killed 157 people in 2020 and 10 people went missing without a trace after being arrested.
According to Mohamud’s family and police, he was kidnapped on May 13 by unknown assailants while driving from a shopping mall in the affluent Lavington neighborhood of Nairobi. The family reported her missing three days later and police said they found her body the same day in Kerugoya, a town 127 kilometers north of the city.
The family wonder why they were not informed until May 22, when police identified the body as Mohamud’s on at least May 18.
An autopsy performed by the Kenyan government’s chief pathologist revealed Mohamud had been strangled. The autopsy report said the body showed signs of torture, including blunt head trauma and burn marks, believed to have been caused by a vehicle’s cigarette lighter.