Javeria Siddique, the wife of slain journalist Arshad Sharif, has taken legal action against the Kenyan Elite police unit for her husband’s murder in Kenya.
She has filed a case in which the attorney general of Kenya, the national police service, and the director of public prosecution are named as respondents. Javeria is seeking a trial for the officers responsible for Sharif’s murder and wants them to be held accountable for their actions.
She is also requesting the court to issue directives to the Kenyan attorney general to apologize to Sharif’s family within seven days of the court’s orders, admit to the facts, accept responsibility, and issue a written public apology.
Sharif’s widow expressed her frustration, saying that the Kenyan government never apologized and never reached out to them. She believes that her husband’s murder was a targeted act despite the initial claim of mistaken identity by the Kenyan authorities.
This legal action follows reports that the five Kenyan police officers involved in the killing quietly resumed their duties without facing any consequences. Despite promises from Kenya’s Independent Policing and Oversight Authority to provide updates on the investigation into Sharif’s murder, no findings have been made public for over nine months.
Arshad Sharif, a 49-year-old journalist who had fled Pakistan to avoid arrest, arrived in Nairobi in August and tragically died in a shootout on October 23. His driver, Khurram Ahmad, miraculously survived the incident. Sharif had faced multiple charges, including sedition, in Pakistan due to an interview with Shahbaz Gill, a former aide of Imran Khan. He was staying in Nairobi with businessman Waqar Ahmad, whose brother Khurram was driving him when the fatal shooting occurred. The journalist and his driver were en route from the Ammodump Kwenia training camp, which is owned by Waqar, to Nairobi County at the time of the incident.