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Kenya: Further information on: prisoner of conscience / health concern: Njehu Gatabaki

, Index number: AFR 32/008/1996

The above, an editor and opposition member of parliament, was admitted to Nairobi Hospital on 9 June suffering from severe hypertension. He did not attend Nairobi Magistrates Court on 10 June as expected. His lawyers applied for an adjournment which was granted. AI remains concerned that the police may attempt to arrest Njehu Gatabaki when he next attends court.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 32/08/96
13 June 1996
Further information on EXTRA 85/96 (AFR 32/07/96, 7 June 1996) - Prisoner of
conscience / Health concern
KENYANjehu GATABAKI, aged in his 50s, opposition member of parliament, editor
Njehu Gatabaki was admitted to Nairobi Hospital on 9 June 1996 suffering from
severe hypertension. He did not attend Nairobi Magistrates Court on 10 June
as expected. Njehu Gatabaki's lawyers applied for an adjournment which was
granted. The chief magistrate, Uniter Kidullah, ordered that a medical report
be presented to the court by the 24 June 1996.
Njehu Gatabaki's health has improved since 9 June. He is now receiving medication
and he is reported to be in a stable condition. He is expected to remain in
hospital for about five days.
Amnesty International remains concerned that the police may attempt to arrest
Njehu Gatabaki when he next attends court -- 24 June if his health improves
-- on false charges.
THIS IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Please continue appeals as specified in the
original action until 24 June 1996.

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