Relief for Stephen Munyakho’s family as execution is postponed

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Relief for Stephen Munyakho’s family as execution is postponed

Stephen Munyakho and his family can now sigh in relief as his execution has been postponed.
Munyakho had spent 13 years in different Saudi prisons, after being involved in an altercation with a colleague in April 2011, where the colleague succumbed to injuries.
They had to raise approximately Ksh150 million to save their son from execution in Saudi Arabia.

The Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Sing’oei on Monday took to twitter to deliver the news of the Saudi government agreeing to postpone the execution.

“I am deeply grateful to inform that authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have kindly granted our request to postpone the impending execution of Stephen Munyakho (now known as Abdulkareem), to allow for further negotiations between all parties” he wrote

Munyako was sentenced to death by the sword and was to be executed on Wednesday, May 15.

The PS added that they shall pursue the matter further to come up with a favourable outcome for both families.

:”As we devise strategies to bring this matter to a more acceptable conclusion, and thereby giving both families the closure they so urgently need and deserve, we shall continue to lean on the warm and solid friendship that we have with our Saudi partners, as well as on the goodwill of all Kenyans” added the PS

Further Sing’oei said that they shall involve stakeholders in Nairobi and Riyadh, including religious leaders to determine the way forward.

“In the coming days, we shall be engaging stakeholders in Nairobi and Riyadh, including representations from our religious leadership, to agree on the next urgent steps” he said

Manyakho had initially been sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter. The victims however appealed before a Shariah court leading him to be sentenced to death

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