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Kenya Ordered to Pay Ksh.10M to Family of Slain Pakistani Journalist Arshad Sharif

Nairobi (WebDesk) – In a landmark ruling, the Kenyan government has been directed to compensate the family of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif with Ksh.10 million. The judgment, delivered by High Court Judge Stella Mutuku, concluded that Sharif’s murder in 2022 was unconstitutional and violated his rights to life and protection.

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Arshad Sharif, who had sought refuge in Kenya due to threats in Pakistan, was fatally shot by Kenyan police in Nairobi on October 23, 2022. Kenyan authorities initially claimed it was a case of mistaken identity during a police operation targeting car thieves.

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A fact-finding team commissioned by the Pakistani government investigated the incident and found evidence suggesting Sharif’s killing was a pre-planned assassination rather than an accidental shooting. The team’s report highlighted discrepancies between autopsy reports from Kenya and Pakistan, indicating possible foul play.

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The Kenyan state has been granted 30 days to file an appeal against the ruling, seeking a suspension of the compensation order. Meanwhile, reactions from Pakistani officials, including former Prime Minister Imran Khan, underscored Sharif’s journalistic contributions and called for further judicial scrutiny into his tragic death.

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