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Further information on UA 333/93 (AFR 32/12/93, 21 September; and follow-up AFR 32/13/93, 29 September) - Kenya: legal concern / fear of ill-treatment: Koigi wa Wamwere, Mirugi Kariuki, Susan Wangui, Francis Mureithi Kanothe, Joseph Thiga Kariuki, Geoffre

, N° d'index: AFR 32/014/1993

On 28 September Kariuki Kiboi and Joseph Njoroge were released without charge. On 5 October Koigi wa Wamwere and Mirugi Kariuki were charged with an additional charge of "administering an unlawful oath". A new application for bail will be heard on 13 October. Francis Mureithi Kanothe, Joseph Thiga Kariuki, Geoffrey Kuria Kariuki and John Njoroge Wamwere were released on bail on 6 October. On 6 October John Kinyanjui was rearrested with another member of the National Democratic Human Rights Organization (NDEHURIO), Mathu wa Ing'oku. No reason for their arrest has been given, and they have not been brought before a court. They are currently being held in police custody where they have reportedly been beaten.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 32/14/93
Distr: UA/SC
11 October 1993
Further information on UA 333/93 (AFR 32/12/93, 21 September 1993) and follow-up (AFR
32/13/93 29 September 1993) Legal concern/Fear of ill-treatment
KENYA:Koigi 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 - released
Joseph Thiga Kariuki, brother of Mirugi Kariuki, cooperative
society official - released
Geoffrey Kuria Kariuki, cousin of Koigi wa Wamwere, former
political prisoner - released
John Njoroge Wamwere, brother of Koigi wa Wamwere - released
John Kinyanjui, member of a faction of the Release Political
Prisoners (RPP) campaigning group - re-arrested
and also Kariuki Kiboi, former trade unionist - released
Joseph Njoroge - released
& new name Mathu wa Ing'oku
On 28 September 1993 Kariuki Kiboi and Joseph Njoroge were released without charge.
On 5 October Koigi wa Wamwere and Mirugi Kariuki were charged with an additional charge
of "administering an unlawful oath". No details are known about this charge, but
there is no suggestion that they had been involved in the advocacy of violence. A
new application for bail will be heard on 13 October. They had previously applied
for release on bail with Francis Mureithi Kanothe, Joseph Thiga Kariuki, Geoffrey
Kuria Kariuki, John Njoroge Wamwere. These four were released on bail of Kenya shillings
300,000 each (UK£3,000 equivalent) on 6 October. Under their conditions of bail they
are not allowed to visit the restricted security zone in Nakuru district and must
report weekly to the police.
On 6 October John Kinyanjui was re-arrested with another member of the National
Democratic Human Rights Organization (NDEHURIO, which is headed by Koigi wa Wamwere),
Mathu wa Ing'oku. No reason for their arrest has been given and they have not been
brought to court. They are currently being held in police custody where they have
reportedly been beaten. John Kinyanjui had originally been arrested on 18 September
and released on 27 September. Following his release he was given medical treatment
for beatings by the police.
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 well-attested reports that several
of these prisoners, some of whom have now been released, were beaten by police;
- seeking public guarantees of humane treatment of Koigi wa Wamwere and the three
others still held and urging that they are given immediate, regular and private access
to their families, legal representatives and doctors of their choice;
- reiterating concern that Koigi wa Wamwere, Mirugi Kariuki, John Kinyanjui and Mathu
wa Ing'oku appear to be prisoners of conscience imprisoned for their non-violent
opinions, and if so, should be immediately and unconditionally released.
APPEALS TO:
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
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
Mr Shadrack M'Laaria Kiruki
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
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 to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your
section office, if sending appeals after 22 November 1993.

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