Arshad Sharif killed in a 'planned murder', claims Kenya Human Rights Commission.

NAIROBI -- The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) claimed that journalist Arshad Sharif was killed in a 'clearly planned and executed' murder conspiracy.

In an exclusive interview with media, the Kenya Human Rights Commission's Martin Mavenjina said everything in Sharif's murder investigation points to the hallmarks of 'an inside job'.

Mavenjina, who is a lawyer at Kenya's High Court and works for the lead human rights organisation in Kenya, told the publication that Sharif's 'murder was clearly planned and executed' and 'it simply shows that he was surveilled over a good period of time. The question is how did the security agencies know he was in that specific locality at that time'.

The official said that the Kenyan police used the excuse of mistaken identity but there is no corroborative evidence of mistaken identity and their position is unsustainable.

Mavenjina, who has documented human rights abuses by the Kenya police, accused the Kenyan police are notorious for unlawful killings and the KHRC, over the last couple of decades, has documented cases of unlawful killings and enforced disappearances through the missing persons' coalition.

'The Kenya police are guilty as charged. Their excuse of mistaken identity doesn't hold water because when you file a complaint to the police you give a clear description of the vehicle. In this case, the vehicle in which Sharif was travelling was a V8 Landcruiser. These are the vehicles used by cabinet members, parliamentarians and VIPs," the lawyer said speaking on the matter.

The human rights advocate said that Kenya's constitution guides the police on how to respect human rights and protect them but 'look at how Sharif was killed and it shows there was an outright disregard for the constitution and human rights. In my honest opinion, Sharif's killing was clearly planned and clearly choreographed'.

Mavenjina said that of all the countries in the world, Kenya's police are number three in corruption. 'We have instances where Kenyan police killed innocent people including a...

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