timamyLamu County Governor Issa Timamy has been freed on a Sh5 million cash bail by the High Court in Mombasa for murder, forceful eviction of population and terrorism charges.

Timamy was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the violence that rocked Mpeketoni in Lamu County last month leaving over 60 people dead.

On Monday High Court judge Martin Muya ruled that the prosecution had not given sufficient reasons for Timamy’s continued detention. The prosecution had through State Counsel Alexander Muteti asked Justice Muya to allow its application to have Timamy detained for a further 14 days to enable police conclude their investigations. Muteti told the court that the governor is being investigated for alleged murder, forcible transfer of populations and terrorism-related offences in respect to the attacks in Mpeketoni.

The Lamu Governor is expected back in court on July 16, when his case will be mentioned.

Timamy can alternatively post a bond of Sh20 million with a surety of similar amount to secure his freedom.