Kenya: Venezuela diplomat Dwight Sagaray on murder charge

Venezuelan diplomat  Dwight Sagaray at Nairobi's magistrate court Dwight Sagaray had his diplomatic immunity waived by Venezuela

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A Venezuelan diplomat has been charged with the murder of the acting ambassador in Kenya, Olga Fonseca.

Dwight Sagaray, who was the Venezuelan embassy's first secretary, appeared before a judge in Nairobi and was remanded in custody.

Olga Fonseca was found strangled to death at her official residence in Nairobi on 27 July.

A prosecutor said Mr Sagaray was a key suspect in the killing. The diplomat denies the charges.

Judge Florence Muchemi also charged and issued an arrest warrant for Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, who went missing after the murder.

Kenyan police say Mr Hassan, a Kenyan citizen of Somali origin, is a close friend of Mr Sagaray.

Two other people - Kenyan security guards Eliud Kimutai and Bernard Owino - were charged last week with failing to use any reasonable means to stop the murder.

Sexual harassment

Ms Fonseca, 57, had started her new role in Nairobi on 15 July.

The motive for her killing is unclear.

But Kenyan officials said some staff at the residency, in Nairobi's Runda estate, were unhappy after being sacked by Ms Fonseca.

They had accused her predecessor, Gerardo Carrillo Silva, of sexual harassment.

He left Nairobi two months ago after six years in the post.

The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was conducting an investigation into the allegations against Mr Carrillo Silva.

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