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‘Missing’ lawyer Simon Lilan dares police to arrest him

Lawyer Simon Lilan, who went missing for 12 days, has said he was hiding in a foreign embassy after police refused to protect him.

Lilan dared police to arrest him for giving false information and said he will continue pursuing an independent probe to confirm the cause of Too’s death.

The Eldoret lawyer accused Uasin Gishu police boss Samson ole Kinne of refusing to enforce court orders against former Nominated MP Mark Too’s burial.

“What I wanted was not only to stop the burial but also to get specimen from his body so that an independent probe could be done to establish what killed him,” Lilan told the press in Eldoret on Monday.

But he said police refused to help him and that he realised they were also a threat to his life.

“I was also hiding from police,” he said, adding that even President Uhuru Kenyatta told Kenyans that security starts with themselves.

The lawyer questioned why Uhuru attended Too’s burial in Eldoret yet he knew there were orders stopping the event.

“I lost confidence in everyone, considering that even the President was attending an illegal ceremony,” he said.

He asked Chief Justice David Maraga to look into the Eldoret court order that permitted the burial on January 9.

Lilan disputed former Too’s burial claiming he had been assassinated for his vast wealth or political reasons. He also said there were plans to kill his first wife, Mary.

He had claimed his life was in danger and that he had received threats from unidentified people telling him to stop pushing for independent investigations.

The lawyer was reported missing on the day Too was buried, after the court order he had obtained against the ceremony was lifted.

The order was obtained by a team of lawyers led by Tom Ojienda, who challenged Lilan’s request.

Regarding this Lilan said: “Those people were acting like criminals. They beseiged the court, locked themselves inside and processed illegal orders to allow the burial.”

He said he acted in Too’s case as a Kenyan with rights protected in the constitution.

Lilan also claimed Too’s family members were taken “hostage” by people who were interested in a “quick and suspicious” burial.

“Now the evidence I wanted has been buried deep in the ground but I will not give up. I will seek exhumation orders and follow up until justice is served,” he said.

Lilan resurfaced at the Law Society of Kenya office in Nairobi on Friday, his brother Joseph Tallam saying he went into hiding after receiving threats.

“He was found safe but he was weak”, Tallam said.

But the Uasin Gishu police boss ordered their arrest for providing false information.

The National Intelligence Service had joined the search for Lilan while the Law Society of Kenya condemned the increase in cases of missing lawyers.

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