Late Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif’s wife, Javeria Siddique, has taken legal action against Kenya’s elite police unit, holding them responsible for her husband’s untimely demise in Kenya. The petition specifically names the attorney general of Kenya, the national police service, and the director of public prosecutions as respondents, demanding accountability and justice.
A Cry for Accountability
Siddique’s demands are clear: she seeks a trial for the officers implicated in Sharif’s death and appropriate punishments for their heinous crime. Furthermore, she has implored the court to mandate a public apology from the Kenyan attorney general to Sharif’s bereaved family, asserting that the tragedy was not a mere case of mistaken identity, as claimed, but a targeted assassination. Despite the gravity of the case, the Kenyan government’s silence and lack of outreach have added to the family’s grievances.
Inaction and Mockery of Justice
Adding insult to injury, reports indicate a disturbing development: the five police officers directly involved in Sharif’s fatal shooting have not only evaded legal repercussions but have quietly resumed their official duties. Alarmingly, two have received promotions, mocking the very essence of justice. This, despite assurances from Kenya’s Independent Policing and Oversight Authority (IPOA) for a thorough investigation, highlights a glaring disregard for professional conduct and accountability within the ranks.
Sharif’s brutal murder occurred nine months ago during a contentious checkpoint stop in a secluded region of Kenya. Details surfaced that Sharif had been living in Kenya to sidestep arrest back in Pakistan due to controversial charges against him, including sedition. His tragic death unfolded amidst complex circumstances, including his association with certain business figures in Kenya.
As the case garners international attention, the outcry for justice underscores the global struggle against impunity in attacks on journalists. The family’s pursuit of truth and accountability continues to resonate, demanding urgent and transparent action from the Kenyan authorities.