Court certifies as urgent case seeking to stop murder charges against Rashid Ahmed

Court certifies as urgent case seeking to stop murder charges against Rashid Ahmed

File image of Eastleigh-based policeman Ahmed Rashid. PHOTO| COURTESY

  • The controversial police officer however wants the court to stop his prosecution pending the hearing and determination of his application.
  • Last week, the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) recommended that Rashid be charged with murder, following the killings of Jamal Mohamed and Mohamed Dahir in Eastleigh, Nairobi on March 31, 2017.

A case filed by Eastleigh-based policeman Rashid Ahmed seeking to stop the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) from charging him with murder has been certified as urgent.

The High Court further directed that the application be served to the respondents who including the DPP and Inspector General of Police for directions on December 8.

Sergeant Rashid was summoned to appear in court on December 8, 2022, to answer to charges of murder.

He however moved to court to challenge the move to prosecute him saying that it's an abuse of court.

Last week, the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) recommended that Rashid be charged with murder, following the killings of Jamal Mohamed and Mohamed Dahir in Eastleigh, Nairobi on March 31, 2017.

The controversial police officer however wants the court to stop his prosecution pending the hearing and determination of his application.

Rashid led a group of six police officers who had been tasked with fighting crime in Mathare, Mlango Kubwa, Pangani and Eastleigh areas of Nairobi. 

A 2021 human rights report indicated that Pangani had the highest number of extra-judicial killings attributed to police.

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