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Kenyan Police: Venezuelan Acting Ambassador Strangled

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A Kenyan policeman stands outside the charge d'affaires residence in Runda estate in Nairobi, Kenya, July 27, 2012. The acting Venezuelan envoy to Kenya was dead Friday at the official residence, police said.

A Kenyan policeman stands outside the charge d'affaires residence in Runda estate in Nairobi, Kenya, July 27, 2012. The acting Venezuelan envoy to Kenya was dead Friday at the official residence, police said.

Kenyan police say the acting Venezuelan ambassador to Kenya, found dead in her official home in Nairobi Friday, was strangled.

Nairobi’s police chief Anthony Kibuchi identified the victim as Olga Fonseca Gimenez, the charge' d’affaires and acting ambassador of Venezuela in Kenya.

Kenyan officials say Fonseca arrived in Nairobi on July 15 to replace Ambassador Gerardo Carillo-Silva.

The Associated Press reports Carillo-Silva left Kenya after three male workers at the embassy filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. Fonseca reportedly intervened, threatening to fire the workers if they did not withdraw the complaint.

Kenyan police say they have begun interviewing two staff members at the residence.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry mourned the career diplomat's death and said it was confident the Kenyan authorities would catch those responsible.
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