Sarah Wairimu Cohen (second left), the wife of the late Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen and her lawyer, Philip Murgor, arrive at Chiromo Mortuary on September 18, 2019 to witness postmortem of her late husband Tob. PHOTO | FILE
The Widow of the murdered Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen now says she will not attend the planned opening of her late husband’s will scheduled for today.
Sarah Wairimu, through her lawyer Philip Murgor, alleged the will has been “severely compromised” and for that she will not be part of the will opening.
They allegation is based on a recent newspaper article in a local daily that claimed Cohen left to his sister Gabriel van Straten a Sh400 million villa in Nairobi.
“It is evident that the confidential nature of the will you claim to possess or any others for that matter has been severely compromised, to the extent that our client has instructed us to inform you that she does not wish to participate in any related process,” says Sarah, in a letter dated September 19, 2019, read the letter by her lawyer.
“Our client is well aware, that any purported wills must be proved through an appropriate application to the High Court for probate to determine their validity. In the circumstances, we have been instructed not to attend the proposed opening of the will,” the letter went on to read.
The letter is addressed to Kirundi & Company Advocates, which holds Cohen’s will, and also copied to the late tycoon’s brother Bernard Cohen, sister Gabriel van Straten and lawyer Danstan Omari.
They have also question why Omari has been invited for the opening of the will.
Kirundi & Company Advocates had earlier on Thursday invited Wairimu and her lawyer as well as Gabrielle, Bernard and Mr Omari to a will opening session at their offices at 11:30am.
“We shall be opening the Will of the late Tob Cohen in our offices at 11.30 am tomorrow (Friday) in our chambers,” read the invitation letter.
Earlier on, Sarah, through her lawyer, had written to Chiromo mortuary insisting that she should be the one to pick her late husband’s body and not his sister Gabriel, who had also demanded she be given the body as soon as the post-mortem is conducted.
The two parties have since agreed of the funeral modalities. The burial ceremony will be private and for family members only with Sarah and Gabrielle participating as widow and sister respectively.
Wairimu is currently remanded at the Lang’ata Women’s Prison as police complete investigations into her alleged involvement in the murder of her husband.
The late Tob Cohen is set to be laid to rest on Monday at a Jewish cemetery in Nairobi.
On Thursday, lawyers said the Monday funeral that is scheduled for 2pm can only proceed subject to obtaining a court order.
The lawyers have urged the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and prison authorities to facilitate the arrangement.