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Kenya: Cohen to Buried Monday as Widow Awaits Court Order to Attend Funeral

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Nairobi — Slain Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen will be buried on Monday at the jewish cemetery in Nairobi, at a closed family event, which his widow Sarah Wairimu wants to be allowed to attend.

Wairimu is remanded at the Lang’ata Women’s Prison, awaiting to take plea over his murder, but she also wants to attend the funeral.

Her lawyer Philip Murgor filed an application in court on Friday seeking orders to have her bury her husband. The case will be heard on Monday morning, ahead of Cohen’s burial set for 1.30pm.

He will be buried at the Jewish Community cemetery on Prof. Wangari Mathai Road, according to his wishes, complete with the exact spot in the cemetery where he directed his remains to be interred.

The specific spot is marked 184, according to those involved in the burial arrangements.

According to the Jewish tradition, there will be no viewing of his body in the brief ceremony that will start with prayers followed by his eulogy.

Just before his body is slowly taken to the graveside, there will chanting of prayers.

Sources familiar with the Jewish tradition say mourners are required to dress in black. There is no form of music allowed at the send-off ceremony.

Reports indicate that Cohen’s sister Gabrielle has already left the country, leaving behind her brother who will represent the Dutch family.

An autopsy on his body was conducted last week by three pathologists led by Chief Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor, but the results were not immediately released to the public to due to an existing court order.