High Court Judge Justice Jessie Lesiit has ordered a probe on lawyer Cliff Ombeta following his defiance to honour an order summoning him to appear before court.

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The judge on Thursday ordered that it be investigated if the lawyer is indeed sick as is being claimed, with reports showing that he was taken ill on Sunday night.

Consequently, he has failed to appear in court where he is the defence lawyer of five police officers accused of killing three people, among them a lawyer.

Human rights lawyer Willy Kimani, his client Josphat Mwendwa and driver driver Joseph Muiruri who were abducted while leaving the Mavoko Law Courts on June 23, 2016 and their bodies found a week later in Donyo Sabuk.

Ombeta was also absent in court for the case hearing on Thursday, with the court being told that he was still sick after being taken to the Nairobi Hospital.

The judge heard that the celebrated lawyer was given eye medications, painkillers and put handed three days of rest by the medics, which she now wants ascertained, reports the Standard.

The judge said that the court remains in the dark on his condition, and had directed that if possible, he appears in court on Friday to explain his health condition.