Judges could compel Scotland Yard to disclose key documents that could overturn Ali Babitu Kololo’s conviction amid allegations British officials ‘acted unlawfully’
By Mike Pflanz, Nairobi
A penniless Kenyan farmer sentenced to death over the kidnap of a British holidaymaker by Somali pirates will on Thursday take the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to court over an alleged illegal conviction.
The High Court in London is expected to hear how Ali Babitu Kololo claims Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and police officers under his command have refused to hand over documents that could help his appeal.
A Kenyan court found Kololo guilty of robbery with violence over the kidnap of Judith Tebbutt from her luxury Kenyan beachside lodge in September 2011, and the murder of her husband David, 58, as he fought to save his wife.
Mrs Tebbutt, 60, from Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, was sold to a notorious pirate gang and held hostage in rural Somalia for more than six months before being released.
Kololo is the only person so far prosecuted in connection with the attack. He intends to appeal because Scotland Yard officers gave evidence against him, which breaks British directives on its opposition to capital punishment.