WHERE IS HE?

DPP directed to follow up on missing Ethiopian businessman

The prosecution is on Monday expected to update the court on Teklemichael's whereabouts

In Summary

•Teklemichael was abducted in unclear circumstances on Friday last week. 

•In an application filed in court through Lawyer Stanley Kangahi, his wife wants the court to order the Inspector General of Police to produce the body of the said businessman.

Samson Teklemichael who has been missing since November 19 when he was abducted in Kileleshwa, Nairobi
Samson Teklemichael who has been missing since November 19 when he was abducted in Kileleshwa, Nairobi
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The High Court has directed the Director of Public Prosecutions to follow up on the whereabouts of the missing Ethiopian businessman.

Justice Grace Nzioka on Thursday ordered the DPP to find out how far the investigations on the abduction case of Samson Teklemichael had gone.

The case had come up for hearing after his wife Milen Mezgebo filed for a habeas corpus on Monday, seeking for the court to order the state to produce her husband in court.

The case will be mentioned on Monday next week when the prosecution is expected to update the court on the businessman’s whereabouts.

Teklemichael was abducted in unclear circumstances on Friday last week. 

In an application filed in court through Lawyer Stanley Kangahi, she wants the court to order the Inspector General of Police to produce the body of the said businessman.

In the habeas Corpus application filed under a certificate of urgency, she wants the court to order the state not to deport him but to instead release him.

In an affidavit sworn by his wife, it is alleged that on Friday last week at 5.30 pm she received a phone call from her husband saying he was being taken by unknown people out of his car.

Mezgebo says she quickly rushed to the Oloitoktok road and Likoni road roundabout near Kileleshwa where she found her husband’s car abandoned.

“On inquiry, I was informed by traffic officers at the scene that he was picked by police officers to a destination unknown to them,” she said.

Mezgebo says she was informed by bystanders who were still at the scene that the arrest was made with the assistance of the traffic personal that were at the scene.

She reported the matter at Kilimani police station and it was taken over by the office of the DCIO Kilimani.

“With the assistance of friends and family, we visited almost all the police stations within the proximity of Nairobi to no positive resul,” the affidavit reads.

“All efforts to inquire from the police stations have borne no fruit and no information is being offered at all.” 

Mezgebo says she is now more than fearful and apprehensive that her husband’s life could be in danger and believes the abduction has been orchestrated by state officers.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris