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Olga Fonseca murder: Kenyan police arrest 6

Kenyan police have arrested six people in connection with the death of Venezuela's acting ambassador and charge d'affaires Olga Fonseca.

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A security guard from a private company walks on July 27, 2012 near the gate the of the Venezuelan embassy residence in a Nairobi suburb. Venezuela's acting ambassador, Olga Fonseca, was found strangled at her Nairobi home, Kenyan police said. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenyan police have arrested six people in connection with the death of Venezuela's acting ambassador and charge d'affaires Olga Fonseca, Reuters reported.

Fonseca, 57, was found strangled Friday inside the official residence of the Venezuelan Embassy on the north side of Nairobi, EFE reported. She had only been in the country since July 15.

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The six suspects are one Venezuelan – Dwight Sagaray, the first secretary of the Venezuelan Embassy in Kenya – and five Kenyans, employees of the embassy residence, EFE reported. They will remain in police custody at least until their first court appearance on Monday.

According to Reuters, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Kenyan embassy residence employees had complained to its Diplomatic Police Unit after the new envoy fired them. The employees claimed they were let go because they refused to retract accusations that the former head of the Venezuelan embassy had sexually harassed them.

However, the administrative assistant at the Venezuelan Embassy in Kenya, Jose Miguel Reyes Reyes, told EFE that the staff "were never fired" but "refused to acknowledge Fonseca's authority.”

Reyes told EFE that Fonseca’s body remains in Kenya, where an autopsy has been done. "No results will be known for a couple of weeks,” he said.

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