Nine British soldiers face questioning over unsolved murder of Kenyan woman

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Nine British soldiers may face questioning over the unsolved murder of a Kenyan woman whose body was found in a septic tank in 2012 after she was stabbed to death.

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Agnes Wanjiru’s body was found in March 2012 – two months after her disappearance – at the Lions Court Inn hotel, near a British military base in Nanyuki.

Her family reported her missing after spending the night at the hotel while dozens of British soldiers visited on a deportation weekend, during which the 21-year-old was seen leaving repeatedly with a soldier. and by entering his room The Sunday Times.


The postmortem revealed that he died of stab wounds to the chest and abdomen, which provides evidence that he was beaten up. It was not clear whether she had been sexually assaulted because of the position of her body.

A preliminary investigation into his death was unsuccessful, having disappeared in June 2012 when Kenyan police requested the British Royal Military Police (RMP) to interrogate nine soldiers.

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Kenyan spies are said to have given soldiers RMP 13 questions, including whether any of them had sex with Wanjiru at night, along with requests to provide DNA samples.

But the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that, while officials from the RMT Special Investigation Branch had conducted “preliminary inquiries into Kenya, which included providing information about British personnel to the Kenyan police”, it was taken over the summer with “no assistance”. No more request” was found. 2012.

Now Kenyan authorities have launched a fresh investigation, after a delay in an investigation until 2019 found that Wanjiru was killed illegally.

A spokesman for the MoD said: “The jurisdiction of this investigation rests with the Kenyan Police, and we are currently in discussions with the Kenyan authorities to determine what support is required.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further as it is subject to an ongoing investigation.”

According to The Sunday TimesDetectives from Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation visited Wanjiru’s family in February this year, after having seen confidential documents related to a Kenyan police investigation in 2012.

The newspaper reported that the same nine soldiers were the focus of their interrogation, and quoted Wanjiru’s 48-year-old sister, Rose Vanua Wanjiku, as saying that the spies had “intended to be interviewed, even if it meant flying to the UK”.


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