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FILE PHOTO: Hilary Manson and her husband John Lockhart sit inside the high court in Mombasa during the ruling on their son Alexander Monson, 28, who was found dead in his prison cell in 2012, in Mombasa, Kenya June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

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MOMBASA (Reuters) - Three Kenyan police officers were charged on Thursday in the port city of Mombasa with the 2012 murder of the son of a British aristocrat.

Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri and Baraka Bulima denied the murder charges and were detained until July 19th pending a ruling on their application for bail.

Alexander Monson was 28 years old when he was found dead in his jail cell after being detained during a night out in Diani, near Mombasa on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast.

An outcry from his family and local rights groups led to an inquest into his death which found there had been attempts to cover up what happened and threats against witnesses. 

Last week, prosecutors ordered the arrest of four policemen after the Mombasa court that ordered the inquest determined that Monson had died in police custody after being arrested.

The fourth suspect, John Pamba, failed to appear in court on Thursday and the court issued an arrest warrant for him.

(Reporting by Joseph Akwiri; editing by Elias Biryabarema and Catherine Evans)

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