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Further information on UA 333/93 (AFR 32/12/93, 21 September) - Kenya: legal concern / fear of ill-treatment: Koigi wa Wamwere, Mirugi Kariuki, Susan Wangui, Francis Mureithi Kanothe, Joseph Thiga Kariuki, Geoffrey Kuria Kariuki, John Njoroge Wamwere, Joh

, Index number: AFR 32/013/1993

On 22 September 1993 the first seven of the above were brought to court in Nakuru and given access to their lawyers. Susan Wangui was released on bail. Four of the prisoners, Francis Mureithi Kanothe, Geoffrey Kuria Kariuki, John Njoroge Wamwere and John Kinyanjui wre reportedly beaten by police. John Kinyanjui was released without charge, but the police ordered that the other three be given medical treatment. Dr Lukas Munyua, an independent doctor and human rights activist, had been refused access to them and was himself threatened by police. Two other members of the National Democratic Human Rights Organization (NDEHURIO), Kariuki Kiboi and Joseph Njoroge were arrested and are reportedly being held incommunicado without charge.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 32/13/93
Distr: UA/SC
29 September 1993
Further information on UA 333/93 (AFR 32/12/93, 21 September 1993) - Legal
concern/Fear of ill-treatment
KENYAKoigi wa Wamwere, human rights activist, former political prisoner, former
member of parliament
Mirugi Kariuki, lawyer and human rights activist, former
political prisoner
Susan Wangui (f), nurse, wife of Mirugi Kariuki - released
Francis Mureithi Kanothe, farmer
Joseph Thiga Kariuki, brother of Mirugi Kariuki, cooperative
society official
Geoffrey Kuria Kariuki, cousin of Koigi wa Wamwere, former
political prisoner
John Njoroge Wamwere, brother of Koigi wa Wamwere
John Kinyanjui, member of a faction of the Release Political
Prisoners (RPP) campaigning group - released
and new
names: Kariuki Kiboi, former trade unionist, former political prisoner
Joseph Njoroge
On 22 September 1993 the first seven of the above, who had been arrested on
18 September 1993, were brought to court in Nakuru and given access to their
lawyers for the first time. They refused to plead to charges which were made
against them of possession of weapons and seditious publications and illegally
entering a restricted security zone. They claimed the charges were defective
as regulations regarding new restricted security zones had not been published
or approved by parliament. They are said to deny the accusations of possession
of weapons.
Susan Wangui was released on bail, but bail applications by the six others,
who are held in poor conditions in Bondeni prison in Nakuru, have not yet been
judged. Access to relatives is now allowed.
John Kinyanjui was transferred to police custody in Nairobi and released without
being charged.
Four of the prisoners - Francis Mureithi Kanothe, Geoffrey Kuria Kariuki John
Njoroge Wamwere and John Kinyanjui - were reportedly beaten by police. In the
court hearing, the magistrate ordered that the first three, who were still
held in Nakuru, should be given medical treatment, which had been denied. Dr
Lukas Munyua, an independent doctor and human rights activist, had been refused
access to them and was himself threatened by police.
Two other members of the National Democratic Human Rights Organization
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(NDEHURIO), which is headed by Koigi wa Wamwere, have also been arrested. They
are Kariuki Kiboi, a former Railway Workers Union official, and Joseph Njoroge.
They were arrested when they went to the police to ask about these prisoners.
They are reportedly being held incommunicado without having being brought to
court or charged with any offence.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or your own language:
- calling for an independent investigation into reports that four of those
arrested were beaten by police, and were held unlawfully beyond the prescribed
period before being taken to court;
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- seeking public guarantees and assurances of humane treatment of those still
held;
- expressing concern at the additional arrests of Kariuki Kiboi and Joseph
Njoroge, who appear to have been arrested solely for inquiring about the
prisoners, and calling for their immediate release and assurances of their
safety and humane treatment;
- reiterating concern that Koigi wa Wamwere, Mirugi Kariuki and the other
prisoners may be prisoners of conscience and stating that Amnesty International
will be watching the judicial proceedings very closely in view of the pattern
of unfair sedition trials of peaceful government opponents, and doubts about
the alleged finding of weapons in their possession.
APPEALS TO:
1) President:
His Excellency President Daniel arap Moi
Office of the President
P O Box 30510
Nairobi, Kenya
Telegrams: President Moi, Rais, Kenya
Telexes: 22003 FOREIGNRB or 22796 FOREIGNRB
Faxes: +254 2 337340
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) Attorney General:
Mr Amos Wako
Attorney General
P O Box 40112
Nairobi, Kenya
Telegrams: Attorney General Wako, Sheria, Kenya
Faxes: +254 2 211082
Salutation: Dear Attorney General
3) Commissioner of Police:
Mr Shadrack M'Laaria Kiruki (note corrected name)
Commissioner of Police
Kenya Police Headquarters
P O Box 30083
Nairobi, Kenya
Telegrams: Commissioner Kiruki, Police, Kenya
Salutation: Dear Police Commissioner
COPIES TO
Mr Justice Fred Apaloo
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Chief Justice
Law Courts
P O Box 30041
Nairobi, Kenya
Law Society of Kenya
P O Box 72219
Nairobi, Kenya
and to diplomatic representatives of Kenya accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 10 November 1993.

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