The High Court on Monday morning issued an order allowing the main suspect in the murder case of the Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen to attend his burial.
Sarah Wairimu, Cohen’s wife, will be escorted by Lang’ata OC to the Jewish cemetery along Wangari Maathai road to attend her husband’s burial at 2 pm.
According to the High court judge Stellah Mutuku, both parties had agreed to allow Sarah attend the burial.
“This court is pleased to issue a production order to the OC Lang’ata Women’s Prison, to produce and escort the applicant to Jewish cemetery to attend the funeral of the late To Cohen.” said Lady Justice Mutuku.
Cohen’s family lawyer Cliff Ombeta confirmed that this is the first time a murder suspected is allowed to attend the burial of the victim in Kenya.
He said that there is no need of engaging in fresh woes and legal tussle over the dead.
“We agreed on this matter on September 19 before it was filed. There is no property in a corpse.” said Mr. Ombeta.
Sarah’s lawyers George Ouma and Philip Murgor also confirmed that they had held a meeting and agreed that she will be allowed to attend.
They added that ‘it is not harmful or prejudicial’ for Sarah to attend the burial of her late husband.
Ombeta further cleared doubts over Cohen’s sister attendance, saying she flew out of the country ‘to attend to urgent issues back home’.
He added that Cohen’s brother will preside over the burial, since according to the Jewish tradition, ‘a brother buries the brother’.
Tob Cohen's body was found in a septic tank in his compound in Nairobi nearly more than a month after he went missing.