Amnesty International has welcomed the investigation into the death of Carilton Maina. Photograph: The Guardian:Emmanuel Ambunya Oyombe pleads not guilty over fatal shooting of Carilton Maina in Nairobi in December 2018 Pic: Photo Courtesy
Kenyan police officer charged with murder of former Leeds student
A Kenyan police officer has appeared before a Nairobi court charged with the murder of 23-year-old Carilton Maina, a former Leeds University student, who was shot dead in December 2018.
The charging of police constable Emmanuel Ambunya Oyombe marks a significant milestone in the Kenyan government’s commitment to tackling its issue with questionable police shootings, and to speeding up its justice process in bringing those accused to trial.
The Milimani high court hearing on Thursday was held outdoors, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the first time this has happened in Kenya since the 1950s state of emergency.
Oyombe, who remains a serving police office, pleaded not guilty to murder. A trial date has not yet been set.