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Three police officers deny aiding suspect escape from cell

Three police officers were Thursday charged with aiding a kidnapping suspect escape from lawful custody.

They denied the charges and were released on Sh50,000 cash bail each.

The three officers, Vacity Chebet Kemeres, Stephen Akuom Ochieng and Koome Mungaria were charged at the Milimani Law Courts before Principal Magistrate Esther Kimilu. They face seven years in jail if convicted.

The kidnapping suspect, Martin Wasike, who is a Ugandan citizen, disappeared from Kamukunji Police Station on May 13. He had been arrested alongside two other suspects in connection with the disappearance of Abel Misati, a police officer, who has been missing since January.

Lawyer Alfred Nyandieka for the family of the kidnapped officer opposed the release of the three officers on bail saying the matter is of great public interest and once out, “they may interfere with investigations which will lead to the re-arrest of Wasike.”

“The kidnapped officer was a colleague of Kemeres, Ochieng and Mungaria before he disappeared without trace. Once released they will interfere with investigations and frustrate the re-arrest of Wasike,” Mr Nyandieka said.

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