Javeria Siddique, the wife of journalist Arshad Sharif who was killed in Kenya, has filed a lawsuit against the Kenyan police. Initially, it was reported that Sharif was killed by police in a case of mistaken identity. However, later reports suggested that someone in Sharif’s car had shot at police officers. Last week, Siddique announced that she would be filing a lawsuit and now her lawyer has confirmed that the case has been lodged at Kenya’s High Court.
Sharif had left Pakistan after facing multiple cases of sedition and had been staying in Kenya when he was murdered. The Pakistani government formed a team to investigate the killing and a progress report was presented to the Supreme Court. The matter was also discussed in a conference where intelligence and military officials spoke about the journalist’s killing.
In Pakistan, the police registered a case against the murder on the orders of the Supreme Court. The FIR was filed by the station house officer, stating that Sharif died due to gunshot wounds. Siddique questioned why the case was filed by the police instead of Sharif’s family members.
Last month, the proceedings in the case were stopped due to a lack of interest from the prosecution. Siddique has been fighting for justice for her husband for a year and now seeks accountability from the Kenyan police.
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