Court orders exhumation of a British tourist body, Lutfunisa Khandwalla ‘killed by a devil’ while on holiday in Kenya.
A Mombasa court has ordered the exhumation of the body of a British tourist who strangely passed on August 2, 2020, and was hurriedly buried in the Memon cemetery the next day.
44-year-old Lutfunisa Khandwalla passed away while in Mombasa visiting her husband’s family, and it was claimed that the “devil” killed her while a spiritual guide sought to assist her.
The exhumation was ordered by Senior Resident Magistrate Ritah Orora after Ms. Khandwalla’s family filed a lawsuit alleging foul play.
“Since the application is not opposed, it is hereby ordered that Khandwalla’s body be exhumed for a postmortem and extraction of samples [for toxicology and DNA tests] to ascertain the cause of death,” said the magistrate.
Lutfunisa Khandwalla’s brother, Imran Admani, had requested the exhumation through his advocate Jacinta Wekesa.
The report about Ms. Khandwalla’s death was made at the Central Police Station on August 5 this year. In the report, Mr. Admani, who resides in Tanzania, asked the police to investigate his sister’s mysterious death.
According to court documents, Lutfunisa Khandwalla passed away in the residence where she was staying.
According to a report published by Daily Nation, Mr. Admani wants the individuals who were present when his sister passed away to be treated as persons of interest.
He also asked that Mr. Arif Mohamed Iqbal, who was the occupant of the house where Ms. Khandwalla died, deposit his travel documents with the court until he was cleared by the DCI.
Mr. Iqbal is described in court documents as a religious and spiritual leader and a seer who receives revelations from unnamed prophets.
Mr. Admani said the swiftness of his sister’s burial after the family was notified of her death had raised suspicions and they want a postmortem conducted to confirm what killed her.
“On August 3, 2020, while the nearest family members who were based in Dar es Salaam prepared to attend the burial, they were informed that the deceased had already been buried at 11 am of the same day,” he said.
He said the family was informed that Ms. Khandwalla had died in the house and that the devil had killed her. The court also heard that not even her close family members got the opportunity to attend the burial.
Court documents show that Ms. Khandwalla’s family has a recording of people who were with her in her last moments admitting to killing her.
“The conduct of the people who were with the deceased during her final moments raises many concerns about the circumstances leading to her death,” he said.
The family expressed surprise that no report was filed regarding Ms. Khandwalla’s passing even though the Ministry of Health had given instructions mandating families to do so.
The family questioned the authenticity of a death certificate issued on September 30 that indicated Ms. Khandwalla died of cardiopulmonary arrest.
The family is puzzled about how this conclusion was made without having her body autopsied.
“The hurried burial of the deceased without allowing her family members to attend the burial and view the body has brought pain and anguish to the family who deserves to know what killed her,” Mr. Admani said.
Mr. Admani moved to court after police advised him to get orders to exhume his sister’s body so that the cause of her death could be ascertained.
He claimed that after trying unsuccessfully to get more information from people who were with his sister, he was forced to request the court’s involvement.