Kenya police say undecided where to arraign husband of dead runner Tirop

FILE PHOTO: Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019 - Women's 10,000 Metres - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - September 29, 2019 Bronze medalist Kenya's Agnes Jebet Tirop during the medal ceremony REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

MOMBASA (Reuters) - Kenyan police said on Friday they were still deciding where to arraign the husband of record-smashing long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, found dead at her home this week.

Police arrested Tirop's husband Ibrahim Rotich on Thursday in the coastal city of Mombasa, saying he was trying to flee the country. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations said that he would be arraigned to answer murder charges.

"We are still investigating the matter before a decision to take him to court is made," David Kahinga, a local police official, told journalists in Mombasa. One option is transporting him back to the city of Eldoret, where Tirop was found dead on Wednesday.

"Some issues are still being looked into, but the law requires us to produce a suspect within 24 hours of arrest, and we shall comply," said Kahinga, who is the officer in charge at the Changamwe police station where the suspect is being held.

He declined further comment, saying police were still interrogating Rotich.

Last month, Tirop broke the women-only 10-km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 minutes to shave 28 seconds from the previous record set nearly two decades ago.

Less than two weeks ago, on Oct. 3 Tirop finished second in the Giants Geneva 10K race.

She claimed bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000 metre race, and won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

(Reporting by Joseph Akwiri; Writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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