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Further information on UA 433/90 (AFR 32/37/90, 29 October) - Kenya: legal concern: Christopher Kamuyu, D M Kimatta, Michael Karanja Gathiru, Joe Njoroge Kimani, Timothy Wanjau, Kiarie Mbugua

, Index number: AFR 32/039/1990

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 32/39/90
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12 November 1990
Further information on UA 433/90 (AFR 32/37/90, 29 October 1990) - Legal Concern
KENYA:Christopher KAMUYU, member of parliament
D M KIMATTA, lawyer
Michael Karanja GATHIRU, businessman
Joe Njoroge KIMANI
Timothy WANJAU, unemployed
Christopher Kamuyu has been released on bail. No date has been set for his
trial for possession of a prohibited publication. Timothy Wanjau and Kiarie
Mbugua were released without being charged. No information is yet available
as to whether Michael Karanja Gathiru, Joe Njoroge Kimani and D M Kimatta have
been granted bail or not.
There are now at least 20 people awaiting trial on political charges
relating to publications criticising the government. They were charged with
alleged possession of "seditious" publications, such as Africa Confidential
or Africa Events, both published in London, or of leaflets of clandestine
opposition organizations, or alleged possession of prohibited publications,
such as the banned Kenyan magazines - Beyond, Financial Review or Development
Agenda. One such person (not mentioned in UA 433/90), Charles Rukwaro, a
mechanic, who was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on 25 October for
possessing Financial Review, is being adopted by Amnesty International as a
prisoner of conscience.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Express or airmail letters:
- expressing concern that Christopher Kamuyu, who has now been released on
bail, is still to be tried for alleged possession of a publication that contained
no advocacy of violence against the government;
- asking if D M Kimatta, Michael Karanja Gathiru and Joe Njoroge Kimani have
now been released on bail, and if not, why bail should be denied where the
accused were charged in connection with documents which do not advocate
- urging that charges of possessing prohibited or seditious publications be
withdrawn from all four named above as the offences contradict Kenya's
obligation to uphold the right to hold and impart non-violent opinions, through
Kenya's ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political
President Daniel arap Moi
President of the Republic of Kenya
Office of the President
P O Box 30510
Nairobi, Kenya
Mr Matthew Muli
Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 40112
Nairobi, Kenya
Mr Davidson Ngibuini Kuguru
Minister of Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
P O Box 30520
Nairobi, Kenya
Mr James Kanyotu
Director of Special Branch
Kenya Police HQ
PO Box 30083
Mr Fred Ojiambo
Chairman, Law Society of Kenya
P O Box 72219
Nairobi, Kenya
Mr Justice Alan Hancox
Chief Justice
Law Courts
PO Box 30041
Nairobi, Kenya
and to diplomatic representatives of Kenya in your country.
Copies of letters referring to Christopher Kamuyu may also be sent to the Speaker
of the National Assembly:
The Hon. Fred Mati
Speaker's Office
National Assembly
PO Box 41482
Nairobi, Kenya
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 24 December 1990.

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