Lawyer who sought to stop Mark Too burial goes missing

Lawyer Simon Lilan, who filed case to stop Mark Too’s burial goes missing, his family says he was last seen in Eldoret town on Monday.

The NIS has joined the search for Eldoret lawyer Simon Lilan who made sensational claims after former Nominated MP Mark Too’s death.

Lilan, who claimed Too was assassinated for his vast wealth and political reasons and that his widow Mary would also be killed, went missing five days ago.

A senior official of the National Intelligence Service, told the Star that the lawyer’s mobile phone data had been collected.

The officials who did not want to be named said they were working with the CID to find him.

Read: Lilan goes missing, had complained about threats

This comes amid pressure by the Law Society of Kenya for and end to what it termed rising cases of missing lawyers.

The society came out strongly when human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri went missing on June 23, 2016.

Lawyers held countrywide demonstrations calling for an end to extrajudicial killings.

More on this: LSK puts foot down after second lawyer Simon Lilan goes missing

Lilan’s elder brother John Tallam and his wife Irene said he was last seen on Monday at 11am in Eldoret town. His phone has been off ever since.

Tallam said on Thursday that they were yet to receive any information about him.

“We are hoping and praying that he will be found alive and well,” he said.

A court in Eldoret postponed the hearing of a case filed by Lilan on a dispute concerning Too’s burial.

Principal magistrate Harrison Barasa made the ruling after Lilan’s lawyer Morgan Omusundi informed the court that he has been missing.

The lawyer had obtained a court order stopping the burial but it was lifted just hours to the burial ceremony last Monday.

He sued Too’s second widow Mary, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Lee Funeral Home, asking them to stop the burial until an independent postmortem established how Too died.

Read: Court postpones missing lawyer Lilan’s case on Mark Too burial dispute

Too’s family lawyer Steve Biko said his clients were not aware of how Lilan disappeared and that they wanted police to help them find him.

Biko told the court on Thursday that there may be a malicious plan to implicate his clients.

“It is important to clear the air that my clients are still grieving the loss of Too just like the family of Lilan is saddened by his disappearance,” he said.

“Sudi is a politician. Negative information on the death, such as claims of an assassination or on the disappearance of Lilan, can potentially be very damaging.”

Reports have indicated that Lilan is a relative of Too’s family and that he had represented the late politician in some land matters, but Biko denied this.

He said the order to stop the burial was lifted as Lilan did not give the court sufficient information.




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