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Four police officers could face murder charges over the death of a British man in Kenya, it was announced today.
Authorities had claimed Alexander Monson died from a drug overdose, but today his mum burst into tears as an inquest heard he had been beaten to death.
The 28-year-old was arrested for allegedly smoking cannabis in the Diani beach resort in May 2012, Lincolnshire Live reports.
The Brit, the son of aristocrat Lord Nicholas Monson, was found unconscious at the police station and immediately rushed to hospital – but later died.
Lord Monson, the Lord of Burton near Lincoln, has been campaigning for six years after Kenyan police claimed his son had died of a drug overdose.
This was despite a post-mortem exam showing that Alexander had been killed by a blunt trauma to his head.
A toxicology report showed that there were no drugs in Alexander’s system at the time of his death and his family have always maintained he was beaten to death.
Today, at a Kenyan court, Hilary Monson was visibly overwhelmed after Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo recommended that four police officers be charged with murder.
Speaking after the case, his mother said the verdict proves that ‘justice is indeed possible’.
She added: "We hope very much that this judgement today will make justice possible for others like those in this court today who cannot afford lawyers to fight their cases privately.
"If even one death in custody can be averted as a result of this verdict and one family can be spared the plain of losing a very much loved child then our fight will not have been in vain."
Naftali Chege, John Pamba, Charles Munyiri and Ismael Pamba were named as the officers suspected of being involved at the hearing.
Haki Africa, a human rights organisation which has assisted the Monson family with the case, say five officers are set to be prosecuted – although this has been contradicted by other media reports who say four officers could be charged.
A statement from the organisation said: "Alexander Monson died on 19th May 2012 after being arrested the previous night at a night club in Diani.
"He was booked and held at Diani police station only for him to be rushed to hospital unconscious the next morning.
“He died while being handcuffed to the hospital bed. Post-mortem reports revealed an injury to the head caused by a blunt object.
“The family of Alexander Monsoon has been seeking for justice in courts since.
“Today’s ruling by Magistrate Richard Odenyo is a landmark ruling and justice for the late son of Lord Monson of the United Kingdom.
“Having worked with the family over the years on this matter, HAKI Africa will continue to seek justice and ensure the court’s decision to charge the five officers is implemented as soon as possible."
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