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South Sudan/Kenya/Tanzania: South Sudan and Kenya sued over killing of two activists

August 2, 2019

Hope For Humanity Africa and the Pan African Lawyers Union have sued the governments of South Sudan and Kenya over the abduction and possible subsequent murder of human rights lawyer Dong Samuel and activist Aggrey Idri.

The case is before the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in Tanzania.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday, South Sudanese lawyer, Wani Santino Jada said the complainants want explanations on circumstances that led to the disappearance and killing of both men.

Last month, Wani said, South Sudan and Kenya received official invitations from the EACJ, in which Attorney Generals of both nations were summoned to appear before the Tanzania-based court.

He added that Juba confirmed receipt of the invitation on July 18, while Nairobi confirmed receipt of the same letter on July 22.

Wan said several lawyers in the region are demanding that Juba and Nairobi be held liable for the killing of both men.

He revealed that the court had given the Attorney-Generals of the two countries 45 days to appear before the tribunal in Tanzania.

Wani stressed that the deportation of Dong and Idri from Kenya was a blatant violation of East African laws because there were no bilateral agreements between Juba and Nairobi to deport the two activists.

In May, a report submitted to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), by a panel of experts tasked to probe the conflict situation in South Sudan, revealed that both Dong and Idri were kidnapped by the Internal Security Bureau of South Sudan in Nairobi.

It said the two men were then deported to Juba and executed three days later.

Dong, a renowned South Sudanese human rights lawyer and activist, and Aggrey Idri Ezbon, a member of the opposition SPLM-IO, disappeared from the Kenyan capital on 23 and 24 January 2017.



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South Sudan: Detention and Disappearance of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri | Letter

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South Sudanese lawyer Wani Santino Jada of Hope for Humanity Africa (H4HA)

Kenya: Chilling details of How Police officers Planned & Murdered City Lawyer – suspect confesses

October 7, 2019

A police informant has given chilling details on the murder of lawyer Willy Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.

Detailing how the three were killed, Peter Ngugi told the court that four police officers planned and executed Willy Kimani, his client and the taxi driver.

A police officer, Fredrick Leliman is said to have suffocated them with a polythene bag and strangled them with a rope, before dumping their bodies in a river.

The police informant told the court that Leliman informed him that there was a case that bothering him where he had previously shot and injured a person

According to the informant, Leliman told him that the injured man was really pushing for his dismissal and was being assisted by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) in the case.





How we abducted and killed lawyer Willy Kimani – suspect confesses in court

I Was Paid Ksh2,000 In Lawyer Willy Kimani’s Murder – Informer Reveals Chilling Details In Court



South Sudan/UN: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

September 27, 2019

Organizations: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
Item: Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
Date: 16 September 2019
Speaker: Paul Scambler

Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), NGO in special consultative status

Mr. President,

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada thanks the Commission for its oral report. We share the Commission’s concern about the securitization of the state and the absence of accountability mechanisms in South Sudan.[1]

LRWC deplores the enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of lawyer and human rights activist Dong Samuel Luak and political opposition member Aggrey Idri, who were abducted from the streets of Nairobi in January 2017.[2] Both men were vocal critics of the South Sudanese government. In April 2019, the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan reported that it has corroborated evidence strongly suggesting that these men were kidnapped by the National Security Service (NSS), transported from Kenya to Juba, and executed at an NSS detention facility in Luri on January 30, 2017.[3]

We are alarmed by the apparent cooperation of Kenya in the enforced disappearances of Mr. Dong and Mr. Aggrey, and by the failure of Kenya and South Sudan to impartially and thoroughly investigate these cases. Those responsible have not been held accountable and the families of the victims continue to be denied access to adequate remedies for the losses they suffered.

We call upon the Council to urge the Governments of Kenya and South Sudan to:

Sudan: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council







Kenya: DPP opposes bid to drop confession in Willie Kimani murder case

August 28, 2019

Director Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has opposed an application by one of the accused persons in the Willie Kimani murder for review of the order allowing his confession to be used as evidence.

Peter Ngugi had urged judge Jessie Lessit to review her earlier ruling allowing his confession.

The court had called for a trial within a trial to determine whether his confession would be allowed as evidence. The judge ruled that the confession was admissible and would be used.

Ngugi who got a new lawyer after firing the previous one now wants the court to review its own ruling on the confession and not admit it as evidence.

He argues that the confession was taken in Swahili and translated into English which he does not understand.

However, the DPP has asked the court to dismiss Ngugi’s application arguing that they followed all the necessary procedures in writing the confession.

The prosecution says the LSK and Kenya National Commission of Human Rights were involved in the process as required under confession guidelines.

Deputy DPP Nicholas Mutuku said there is no law that allows Lessit to review her own ruling.

Lawyer Ben Sihanya also opposed the application by Ngugi, saying no authority had been cited to justify a request for review.

The confession statement in question details how all the accused persons conspired to kill lawyer Kimani, his client and a taxi driver in 2016.

Four police officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Maina, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku are accused of killing the three in cold blood.

The bodies were found stashed in gunny bags in a river in Ol-Donyo Sabuk, Machakos county.

A diver who found the bodies told the court of his two-day horrific experience.

John Mwaniki said the bodies were tied at their waists, while their heads had been tied with plastic bags.




For each disappeared, more activists stand up! Stop enforced disappearances against human rights defenders

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Willie Kimani was a prominent Kenyan human rights #lawyer.

He went missing on 23 June 2016, and was found dead on 1 July 2016.

We demand that the government of #Kenya ensure #JusticeForWillieKimani. We demand #JusticeForActivists.


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(Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network Facebook, 29/08/19)

South Sudan/Kenya: COMMENT: Disappearance and extrajudicial killing

May 30, 2019

It’s time for Kenya, South Sudan to account for the enforced disappearance of Samuel Dong and Aggrey Idri

 As news of the death of Samuel Dong Luak and Aggrey Ezboni Idri circulated recently, I felt extremely saddened and concerned about the region we live in. The enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killing of two outspoken critics of the South Sudanese government, by South Sudanese security services allegedly with the acquiescence of Kenyan authorities, and both states’ continuous denial of responsibilities, signals a worrying trend of disrespect for human life and insecurity for those who dare to speak up and challenge power.

Samuel Dong Luak was a prominent human rights lawyer, Secretary General of the South Sudan Law Society for over ten years, as well as a member of the South Sudan Constitutional Review Commission. Aggrey Ezboni Idri was an opposition leader, and member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO). In 2013, after receiving death threats for providing legal assistance to the former Secretary General of South Sudan’s governing party, Pagan Amum, who had been accused of “treason” by President Salva Kiir, Dong fled South Sudan and sought refuge in Kenya, where he was granted refugee status. The same year, Aggrey also relocated to Kenya after South Sudan descended into conflict.

The deceased lived with their families in the capital, Nairobi, until they were disappeared on 23 and 24 January 2017, respectively. Amnesty International, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and other human rights groups called on the governments of Kenya and South Sudan to reveal the fate or whereabouts of the two men, suspected to be held by Kenyan authorities before deportation. The families of the disappeared also mobilised; petitioning Kenya’s High Court to produce the two men in court, but the petition was dismissed as Kenya denied having them in its custody. The family later asked the police to conduct a thorough investigation, but a final judgment in January 2019 confirmed the dismissal of their petition and ended judicial oversight into police action with regard to the case. Yet, the Court had noted that the police investigation fell short of seeking information from South Sudanese authorities and potential key witnesses.

COMMENT: Disappearance and extrajudicial killing

The Death Squads in South Sudan




Kenya: ‘Those who killed Willie Kimani…’ widow sends message to killers

June 24, 2019

Murdered lawyer Willie Kimani’s wife has had to explain to her two sons where their father is and what happened to him, keeping the wounds of his death fresh.

Speaking on Saturday during the third memorial service at Kimani’s home in Kikuyu, Kiambu, Hannah said when her husband died in 2016 her two sons were too small to understand what happened but as they grow up they are asking unending questions.

Kimani, aged 32 at the time of his murder, worked with the International Justice Mission, a global rights lobby. He documented police brutality, including extrajudicial killings. He was killed alongside his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri in June 2016.

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They went missing for about a week before their bodies wrapped in a sack were found in Ol Donyo Sabuk river on July 1.

The widow said life has never been the same again since then and they live a day at a time.

‘Those who killed Willie Kimani…’ widow sends message to killers


COMMENT: Disappearance and extrajudicial killing

Willy Kimani murder case postponed again after lawyer Ombeta fails to show up


Kenya: Police officers, informant in lawyer Willy Kimani murder case denied bail

May 16, 2019

Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, Sergeant Leonard Maina Mwangi, Corporal Stephen Chebulet and Constable Silvia Wanjiku ...

Four police officers and an informant accused of killing human rights lawyer Willie Kimani will remain in police custody.

On Thursday morning, Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Cheburet Morogeo, Sylvia Wanjiku Wanjohi and Leonard Maina Mwangi were denied bail/bond terms.

Justice Jessy Lessit said nothing has changed since the first time they applied to be released.

This was their second bid for bail/bond at the Milimani Law Courts.

The court previously ruled that confession and evidence presented to investigators from the police informant, who is also the 5th accused, will be used against them in the case.

Peter Ngugi Kamau, the fifth accused person, is reported to have confessed to investigators how the deceased advocate and two others were kidnapped, brutally murdered and their bodies dumped into a river.

Police officers, informant in lawyer Willy Kimani murder case denied bail