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Husband of slain Kenyan Olympian, Tirop, charged with murder

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Ibrahim Rotich, the husband of slain Kenyan Olympic runner, Agnes Tirop, was on Tuesday charged with murder of his wife but he pleaded not guilty in a Kenyan court.

Tirop was found stabbed to death at her home in the Rift Valley town of Iten on Oct. 13, in a case that has shown a spotlight on violence against women in the east African country.

Rotich, 41, had earlier been ordered to undergo a mental health test before entering a plea.

Joseline Mitei, Rotich’s lawyer, however, declined to discuss the details or results of his mental health evaluation.

He said “I intend to put formal application in court for my client to be released on bail.”

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Meanwhile, the bail hearing is set for Dec. 1.

Police arrested Rotich in the coastal city of Mombasa the day after Tirop’s body was discovered. They said he had been trying to flee the country.

In September, Tirop broke the women-only 10km world record in Germany. She won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000 metres.

Reuters/NAN

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