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Convicted: Justice Served for IJM Kenya Colleagues and Client in Mavoko 3 Trial

22/07/22

One of the casework focuses of IJM Kenya is combating police abuse of power in the country, and on June 23, 2016, IJM human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, IJM client Josephat Mwenda and trusted driver Joseph Muiruri were tragically the victims of the same police abuse that they were striving to combat.

Today, after almost six years of delays in trial proceedings, 3 police officers and a civilian have been found guilty and convicted of killing Kimani, Mwenda, and Muiruri. This is a significant moment for police accountability in Kenya, demonstrating that the tide is turning against impunity for perpetrators of Kenyan police abuse.

The victims were abducted in 2016 while leaving court where Kimani was accompanying IJM client Mwenda, who had been shot and falsely accused by police.

In 2015, Mwenda, a Kenyan motorcycle taxi driver, was stopped and shot by a police officer, who subsequently attempted to cover up the shooting and bring unsubstantiated and false charges against Mwenda, including drug possession, gambling, and resisting arrest, amongst other charges. Willie Kimani, a human rights lawyer working for International Justice Mission, recommended that IJM take his case.

On June 23, 2016, when leaving court, Mwenda, Kimani, and their driver, Joseph Muiruri, were abducted. A week later, the bodies of the three men were discovered in a river, over 100km away from where the men were abducted. Five people, including four police officers, were charged with murder — but the trial, which began in November 2016, has faced numerous delays and adjournments. Evidence included DNA samples, a chilling confession statement by one of the accused individuals, CCTV footage, and mobile phone data analysis.

Police abuse of power and delayed justice are widespread in Kenya, with public confidence in police very low. In 2021 alone, the Missing Voices coalition has recorded a total of 219 cases of police killings and enforced disappearances. It is still highly challenging to get cases to trial, let alone through to the point of conviction. Today, four of the five accused persons in this case have been convicted of the murders, with one police officer acquitted.

The families of victims have reacted with joy and relief at today’s long-awaited verdict.

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https://www.ijm.org/news/convicted-justice-served-ijm-kenya-colleagues-client-mavoko-trial

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-62264439

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jul/22/police-officers-found-guilty-of-of-three-including-kenyan-human-rights-lawyer-willie-kimani

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/rights-group-hails-murder-conviction-against-police-kenya-2022-07-22/

https://au.news.yahoo.com/willie-kimani-kenyan-police-officers-134803978.html

https://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/77561-end-road-4-cops-lawyer-willie-kimani-murder

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Kimani

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Kenya: Woman jailed six years for threatening to kill city lawyer

25/03/22

The advocate had written a letter to her on behalf of her ex-boyfriend concerning the pregnancy she was carrying

A woman who threatened to kill city lawyer Elvis Abenga in 2019 has been jailed for six years.

Patricia Kinyua was convicted by Kibera senior principal magistrate Esther Boke for threats against lawyer Elvis Abenga.

She was found guilty of sending a spine-chilling text message and threatening the lawyer, verbally, in an open court.

According to the charge sheet, Kinyua committed the offence on diverse dates between October 8, 2019, and January 24, 2020, within Nairobi county.

The court heard during the trial that the lawyer had written a letter to her on behalf of her ex-boyfriend concerning the pregnancy she was carrying when she decided to respond by threatening him.

He told the court that he received a message on WhatsApp from Kinyua who told him he was going to regret interfering with the life of her boyfriend.

“I received a message from the accused person through my WhatsApp. She told me that I was going to regret interfering in Robert’s pregnancy matter. He was my client and her boyfriend. The accused person sent me the messages repeatedly,” he told the court.

He told the court that he reported the matter to Capitol Hill police station but that did not stop Kinyua from sending him more messages.

He told the court that one day, the accused person sent him an audio clip in which she vowed to kill him.

“I was in my office when she sent me an audio in Kiswahili ‘nitakuua na mwili yako isipatikane’ loosely translating to ‘I will kill you and your body will never be found’,” he added.

He said immediately he received the message, he left his office and went to Kisii as he feared for his life.

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https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2022-03-25-woman-jailed-six-years-for-threatening-to-kill-city-lawyer/

Kenya: City lawyer stabbed to death in Ongata Rongai attack

06/12/21

Lawyer Boaz Nyakeri in a past photo- handout

Police are investigating the stabbing to death of a Nairobi-based lawyer Boaz Nyakeri.

Nyakeri was stabbed by an assailant as he walked home in the Ongata Rongai area, Kajiado County.

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has called on authorities to get the man who killed  him on Saturday morning.

Nyakeri was stabbed in the neck near Masaai Lodge in the outskirts of Ongata Rongai.

His cousin who was with him at the time of the attack was also stabbed and injured in the arm as he tried to save the deceased young advocate of the high court.

The motive of the attack is yet to be known, police and the family said.

Police said preliminary findings show Nyakeri and his cousin had been at a party near Osoita Lodge and were walking home at about 5 am Saturday when a man attacked them.

The two had spotted the man trail them for a short distance and before they could decide to either confront him or run for safety he landed on Nyakeri with a deep stab in the neck.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-12-06-city-lawyer-stabbed-to-death-in-ongata-rongai-attack/

https://citizen.digital/news/lsk-urges-expedited-probe-after-advocate-boaz-nyakeri-stabbed-to-death-in-nairobi-n288242

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Kenya/Canada: Miguna Blocked From Boarding Flight to Nairobi

15/11/21

An undated image of exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna during a past interview.
Exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna’s quest to return to Kenya has met yet another stumbling block after Air France declined to allow him into a flight bound for Nairobi.

In a statement published on Monday, November 15, Miguna revealed that  they French carrier refused to fly him to Kenya on account of orders made by the Kenyan government through red alerts. 

Miguna, who had checked into Berlin, indicated that he had booked a plane ticket to Nairobi two weeks ago – on October 29. 

“This is to inform Kenyans and the world that Air France officials at the check-in counter at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport have just informed me that the Government of Kenya sent them a “Red Alert” this morning that they cannot fly me to Nairobi, ” the statement read in part.

He, however, indicated that the airline had refused to give me a copy of the “Red Alert” or anything else they can give me proving the directive they were acting on.

In a statement  seen by Kenyans.co.ke,  the airline issued the lawyer with a denied boarding certificate. However, it only identified the cause  as “other reason” which was added to a list of four using a pen.

The other reasons for being denied a entry to a flight indicated in the form and had been crossed out include the unavailability of seats, presentation of a passenger after the flight check in time limit and presentation after the the flight boarding closing time.

Miguna Miguna had initially stated that the government had planned to stop his return through issuing red alerts against him. In this regard, he filed a petition in court to have the government compelled to lift the red alerts.

However, the High Court in Nairobi dismissed his application, ruling that there was no sufficient evidence showing that he had been stopped from returning to the country. 

The lawyer, who is now based in Canada, was kicked out of the country on grounds that he had renounced his Kenyan citizenship.

The government, through the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, asked him to regularise his papers to be allowed into the country.

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and the President of the Law Society of Kenya, Nelson Havi, had stated that they would be travelling to ensure that they bring back Miguna to Kenya.

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https://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/70578-airline-refuses-fly-miguna-miguna-nairobi

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-11-15-photos-miguna-stuck-at-berlin-airport-over-kenya-red-alert/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/national/article/2001429284/miguna-migunas-much-touted-return-to-kenya-now-uncertain

https://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/70585-miguna-addresses-plan-sneak-kenya

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguna_Miguna

Kenya: Lawyers, Activists Petition Government Against Abductions, Killings

10/11/21

Lawyers and activists have presented a petition to the government demanding respect for the rule of law following increased cases of abductions and enforced disappearance.

The petition was presented to the Attorney General and Inspector General of Police after protests held on Wednesday in Nairobi.

The protests were organised by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) alongside other human rights organisations under the theme “Purple Ribbon Campaign Week”.

“Advocates have a duty to take all forms of cases and represent their clients without fear of intimidation or even loss of life during their line of work,” said Mercy Wambua, LSK Chief Executive Officer.

The demonstrations followed the abduction of lawyer and muslim scholar Prof. Hassan Nandwa who went missing for two weeks before he was dumped in a thicket on November 9.

Nandwa went missing when he went to report to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) about the disappearance of his client Elgiva Bwire, who had just been released after serving a lengthy sentence at the Kamiti Maximum Prison on terror-related charges.

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https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-11-10-photos-lawyers-hold-protests-over-abduction-of-colleagues/

https://www.courtroommail.com/purple-ribbon-campaign-kenyan-lawyers-others-protest-increased-kidnapping-and-abduction-in-kenya-pictures/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/adblock?u=https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/national/article/2001428815/lawyers-lobbies-protest-increased-extrajudicial-killings

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-11-08-leliman-defends-himself-in-willie-kimani-murder-case/

Kenya: Lawyers To Hold Protests Wednesday Over Missing Colleague ‘Abducted’ By Police

07/11/21

Lawyers are set to hold countrywide peaceful demonstrations on Wednesday to protest the abduction of an advocate who still missing alongside his client.

Lawyer Wilson Nandwa and his client Elgiva Bwire were last seen in October month and are believed to have been taken away by police. Nandwa is said to have gone to report his client’s disappearance when he also went missing.

According to the Law Society of Kenya, the demonstration under the “Purple Ribbon Campaign Week” are meant to speak against enforced disappearances.

In a statement, LSK Chief Executive Officer Mercy Wambua said lawyers will live in fear if such enforced disappearances continue.

“Colleagues as you are aware; this is not the first case where an advocate has mysteriously disappeared in the course of their duty. This scenario represents an existential threat to the ability of advocates to offer services to their clients in an environment that is devoid of intimidation, threats, harm, or even loss of life,” she said.

LSK said it has also organized other activities during the week that are set to continue until Friday.

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https://www.tuko.co.ke/kenya/432636-hassan-nandwa-lawyer-disappeared-10-days-ago-found-dumped-mwingi-client-still-missing/

https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/bd/corporate/companies/safaricom-ordered-release-lawyer-call-logs-disappearance-3608338

https://swalanyeti.co.ke/news/2642/lsk-seeks-court-order-demanding-state-to-produce-missing-court-lawyer-and-his-client

Kenya/Canada: Miguna Miguna Books a Flight Ahead of Return to Kenya

29/10/21

Miguna Miguna Books a Flight Ahead of Return to Kenya

Kenyan-Canadian lawyer Miguna Miguna says he has booked a flight ahead of his return to Kenya next month.

Through Twitter on Friday, the fiery attorney said he will land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on the morning of November 16th.

Miguna, who was deported to Canada in February 2018 over his role in the swearing-in of ODM leader Raila Odinga as ‘people’s president’, indicated that he used his Kenyan passport to book his flight back home.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, I have used my Kenya Passport to book my flight to Kenya, scheduled to arrive in the morning of November 16, 2021, at the JKIA. Let no one claim that I have used any other passport,” said Miguna.

Retired Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said he will be traveling to Canada next month to accompany Miguna on his flight back home.

“I have taken this extraordinary step for two fundamental reasons. The first is because of the continued, flagrant and reprehensible defiance of the Government of Kenya, its agencies, and senior officials, against the numerous valid court orders in favor of Mr. Miguna,” Mutunga said in a statement.

“The second reason why I have decided to undertake this journey is to support and defend the independence of our judiciary, its authority, and the people’s confidence in it.”

http://mwakilishi.com/article/diaspora-news/2021-10-29/miguna-miguna-books-a-flight-ahead-of-return-to-kenya

https://www.tuko.co.ke/politics/431553-miguna-miguna-books-nairobi-bound-flight-touch-down-november-16/

https://allafrica.com/stories/202110290321.html

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-10-21-my-bag-is-already-packed-let-freedom-ring-miguna/

https://allafrica.com/stories/202110250484.html

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-10-20-migunas-coming-former-cj-mutunga-to-bring-deported-lawyer-back/

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/east-africa/kenya-s-former-cj-willy-mutunga-judges-to-down-their-tools-3599298

https://www.nairobileo.co.ke/news/4744/former-cj-willy-mutunga-hits-government-with-7-demands-as-he-plans-to-bring-exiled-lawyer-miguna-miguna-back-to-kenya

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguna_Miguna

https://kiswahili.tuko.co.ke/kenya/431564-miguna-miguna-akata-tikiti-ya-ndege-kurudi-kenya-akitumia-pasipoti-iliyoharibiwa-na-serikali/ (SWAHILI)

https://news.fr-24.com/divertissement/tv/164323.html (FRANCAIS)

Kenya: Law Society of Kenya wants investigations into the disappearance of lawyer expedited

24/02/21

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is calling upon the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and the Director, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti to expedite the investigations into the disappearance of a High Court Advocate.

They are also demanding his production within the next 72 hours, failure to which the Society will take the necessary legal action.

In a statement Wednesday, LSK CEO Mercy Wambua says Mr. Benson Njau Kayai, an Advocate of the High Court and trading in the name and style of Njau Kayai & Company Advocates, was reported missing on 7th February 2021 at around 5:30pm and there has been delays in concluding the investigation into his disappearance.

“As the professional body tasked with ensuring the welfare of our members, we note with grave concern the extensive delay in the conclusion of investigation into the disappearance of our member. It has clocked 16 days from the day of reporting, without any valuable progress in investigations by the Police. This has caused great anxiety, while triggering speculation and suspicion, to both the family members and the membership of the Law Society of Kenya, as to the cause of the delay.” She said

According, to LSK, they took note of a missing person’s report circulating online and immediately reached out to the family and the Police for more information.

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https://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/worry-as-nairobi-lawyer-ben-njau-kayai-reported-missing-a-week-ago-yet-to-be-found/3flx0fk

https://lsk.or.ke/

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.

https://radiotamazuj.org/en/news/article/south-sudan-and-kenya-sued-over-killing-of-two-activists

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9bf6hqq6p58w5q8/1%20-%20%20Statement%20of%20Reference.pdf?dl=0

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https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/South-Sudan-denies-execution-of-prominent-activists/4552908-5097446-uoxweo/index.html

https://www.voanews.com/africa/un-panel-south-sudan-killed-activists

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/south-sudan-investigate-apparent-2017-killing-of-activists/

https://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66958

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

Welcome to the East African Court of Justice

PALU

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.

https://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/details-of-how-police-planned-and-murdered-lawyer-willy-kimani-josephat-mwenda-and/d86nf4k

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Willy-Kimani-murder-Video-of-killing-field-play-court/1056-5302926-28bxk4/index.html

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Ex-police-informer-unfolds-murder-of-Willie-Kimani–client/1056-5302794-w6kx81z/index.html

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-10-08-willie-kimani-a-killers-confession/

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

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Willie-Kimani-murder-trial-enters-crucial-stage/1056-5300684-fmudwp/index.html

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Mysterious-suspects-linked-to-lawyer-Willie-Kimani-murder-plot/1056-5309274-q0j0qtz/index.html