Tuesday June 23, 2020
Today marks four years since the death of IJM Kenya lawyer Willie Kimani, IJM client Josephat Mwenda and trusted taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.
The three were abducted as they left court following a hearing for a case of police abuse. A week later, their bodies were found in a river. Since then, our IJM Kenya staff have relentlessly pursued justice in this case, while also championing accountability for police and reforms that will protect the public from officers who abuse their power.
To quote IJM Kenya Country Director Benson Shamala:
“The pain and the memory is still fresh in our minds, but we look forward with courage and hope, and we re-commit ourselves to fighting for justice and when police brutality will be a thing of the past. We dream of a Kenya, a Kenya where police culture is marked with professionalism and respect for the rule of law. We know the journey ahead of us is long, but we believe and we are committed like never before, to walk that particular journey.”
The trial for the murder of our friends is still ongoing. The prosecutor has nearly finished presenting the prosecution case, after which the judge will rule on whether the accused have a case to answer. If the judge makes that decision, the defense will have the opportunity to present their case.
What Will Happen Next?
The trial had been scheduled to move forward in March, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic those dates were canceled. We are waiting for the next dates for hearings to be set.