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Court acquits father, son of 2014 Thika Road grenade attack charges

Two suspects who had been charged over the Thika Road grenade attack that killed three commuters in 2014 have been acquitted.

Trial Magistrate Francis Andayi ruled that there was no evidence to show that Guracha Haro and his son Warque Dejene supported the terror attack.

Haro was however found guilty of threatening a witness who testified against his son.

The prosecution had accused the two of placing explosives inside two commuter buses at Homeland and Roysambu which detonated killing three passengers.

FILE PHOTO | Bomb experts and plain clothes policemen gather at the scene of a bus explosion along the Thika super-highway in Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 4, 2014. REUTERS
FILE PHOTO | Bomb experts and plain clothes policemen gather at the scene of a bus explosion along the Thika super-highway in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, May 4, 2014. REUTERS

The prosecution further claimed that Haro and his son, jointly with others not before the court, received Ksh. 85,000 through an M-Pesa agent identified as Cool Breeze Kakuma.

The magistrate noted that though the money was sent via MPesa to the second accused, the mobile money agent was located in Mandera and the prosecution failed to link the suspects to the attack in Nairobi.

The prosecution was further faulted for relying on circumstantial evidence.

“Police said that they had information that the first accused person travelled to Somali but the intelligent information remained an allegation,” the court ruled.

17 witnesses had been presented to testified against the two suspects.


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