Ahmed Rashid’s plea taking deferred again
Thursday, 9th February 2023
The long-awaited plea-taking by alleged killer police Ahmed Rashid has once again been deferred after he filed a petition seeking to stop his prosecution.
In a Wednesday, February 8 ruling, the Nairobi High Court’s Justice Kanyi Kimondo deferred the plea that had been scheduled for today pending his ruling on whether or not the prosecution should proceed with the case.
The court is now set to rule on the application on MARCH 3.
This is the third time the plea taking has been deferred, having also been postponed in December and January.
In the last session, Rashid appeared virtually before being ordered to surrender to the police for subsequent transfer to Nairobi for a mental assessment.
Rashid is accused of shooting dead Jamal Mohamed and Mohamed Dahir in Eastleigh, Nairobi on March 31, 2017.
The two victims, who were unarmed, were killed over allegations that they were part of a criminal gang.
In an amateur video that circulated widely on social media platforms, Rashid was seen gunning down the two men in broad daylight, despite one of them raising his hands in surrender.
At one point, the feared officer was seen requesting for another pistol before going ahead to pump more bullets into the body of one of the men.
Rashid’s plea taking comes following a recommendation by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to have him charged with murder.