[Ossm-members] Fwd: [ifsa] [Fwd: [WIKILEAKS] URGENT: WL-related assassination]
Aleksandar D. Balalovski
gemidjy at lugola.net
Tue Mar 10 07:20:52 UTC 2009
Mon Mar 9 05:10:41 GMT 2009
"Murder in Nairobi"
Two Wikileaks-related senior human rights activists have been assassinated.
We ask for your assistance.
On Thursday afternoon, Oscar Kamau Kingara, director of the Kenyan
based Oscar legal aid Foundation, and its programme coordinator,
John Paul Oulo, were shot at close range in their car less than a
mile from President Kibaki's residence. The two were on their way
to a meeting at the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights.
Both had been investigating extrajudicial assassinations by the Kenyan
Police. Part of their work forms the basis of the "Cry of Blood"
report Wikileaks released on November 1 last year and subsequent
followups, including the UN indictment last month.
Since 2007 the Oscar foundation had documented 6,452 "enforced
disappearances" by police and 1,721 extrajudicial killings.
The murders come just two weeks after United Nations Special Rapporteur
on extra-judicial killings Professor Philip Alston called on on Kenya's
Attorney General and Police Commissioner to be sacked over murders by
On 18 February 2009, the Oscar Foundation presented its findings for
use in a parliamentary debate.
The Oscar Foundation vehicle was blocked by a minibus and a Mitsubishi
Pajero vehicle, both of which had been following them along State house
road. Several men were in the two vehicles. Two men got out, approached
the vehicle of Oscar Kamau Kingara and John Paul Oulu, and shot them
through the windows at close range.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the minibus was in police
uniform whilst the other men were wearing suits. The closest
eyewitness to the incident was shot in the leg and later taken away
A coalition of civil society organizations released a statement blaming
police for the murders.
"These were very decent men who had done more work than anybody
in examining police killings," said Cyprian Nyamwamu, the executive
director of the National Convention Executive Council, a non-governmental
organization advocating social and economic reform. "I have no doubt
that is why they were killed."
Police said that students from the nearby University of Nairobi moved
Oulo's body into a hostel and one student was shot dead when officers
tried to retrieve it.
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights have demanded an immediate
extral investigation into the deaths. The US Ambassador to Kenya has
offered the Kenyan government the services of the FBI. The offer has
Those with intelligence assets in the area, or non-public information
on Police Commissioner General Hussien Ali or other suspects, please
contact us via wl-kenya at sunshinepress.org
Alternatively help fund our investigation of these murders:
If you are in a position to signficantly fund a reward for conviction
or apprehension of the assassins and those behind them, contact:
wl-kenya at sunshinepress.org
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