State denies torturing suspect in Idriss Mukhtar attempted murder


The state has denied torturing a suspect allegedly linked to the attempted murder of Garissa County Chief Finance Executive Idriss Mukhtar.


Mohammud Hussein Aden had accused the police of torturing him and treating him in an inhumane and degrading manner causing injuries on his body.

The court directed that he be taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment.

According to the prosecution, the medical report dated 5th September did not show any signs of torture during the period he was arrested.

The prosecution termed the allegations of torture and inhuman treatment was an afterthought geared to subvert the course of justice.

The report showed that the suspect’s chest and pelvis x-rays were normal.

However, the suspect did have tenderness on the shoulder, arm and testis. He also had severe abdominal tenderness, more intense on suprapubic areas.

According to KNH, Aden has a fair general condition, not pale, not dehydrated and walking. He was discharged on oral medication.

The matter will come up for further hearing on 12th September.

Arrested on 27th August 2018, Aden alleges that he was tortured and denied legal counsel by police.

Through lawyer Cliff Ombeta, the suspects’ family filed an application seeking to have him produced in court as he had suffered in the hands of the police and needed medical attention.

Aden is being accused alongside deceased David Mwai Wanjiru who allegedly committed suicide the washroom of Parklands police station under unclear circumstances and one Juliet Charity Njoki who is yet to be presented before court.

The suspect is alleged to have been booked at several police stations before finally being booked at Gigiri police station on 28th August in a deliberate attempt to avoid being arraigned in court within the requisite 24 hours of arrest.

Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe allegedly went to Gigiri police station on 29th, more than 48 hours after he was arrested, ‘converted’ a room at the station into a ‘courtroom’ and purportedly issued orders to continue the detention of the applicant for 15 more days.