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Further information on UA 333/93 (AFR 32/21/93, 12 September; and follow- ups AFR 32/13/93, 29 September and AFR 32/14/93, 11 October) - Kenya: legal concern / fear of ill-treatment: Koigi wa Wamwere, Mirugi Kariuki, Susan Wangui, Francis Mureithi Kanothe

, N° d'index: AFR 32/015/1993

On 19 October Koigi wa Wamwere and Mirugi Kariuki were released on bail. No date has been set for their trial. John Kinyanjui and Mathu wa Ing'oku are still held in police custody in Nakuru, where they have reportedly been beaten. John Kinyanjui was rearrested after giving an interview to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) alleging torture during his original imprisonment from 18 to 27 September.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 32/15/93
Distr: UA/SC
25 October 1993
Further information on UA 333/93 (AFR 32/12/93, 21 September 1993) - and
follow-up(s): (AFR 32/13/93, 29 September and AFR 32/14/93, 11 October) - Legal
Concern/Fear of ill-treatment
KENYA:Koigi wa Wamwere, human rights activist, former political prisoner,
former member of parliament - released
Mirugi Kariuki, lawyer and human rights activist, former
political prisoner - released
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 19 October 1993 Koigi wa Wamwere and Mirugi Kariuki were released on bail
of Kenya shillings 300,000 each (UK £3,000 equivalent) after a month in police
custody. Under their conditions of bail they are not allowed to visit the
restricted security zone in Nakuru district and must report on Tuesdays and
Fridays to the police in Nakuru. No date had been set for their trial.
John Kinyanjui and Mathu wa Ing'oku are still being held in police custody
in Nakuru, where they have reportedly been beaten. John Kinyanjui was
re-arrested after giving an interview to the British Broadcasting Corporation
(BBC) alleging torture during his original imprisonment from 18 to 27 September.
They have filed an application to the High Court for bail.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or in your own language:
- welcoming the release on bail of most of these prisoners but urging that
charges be dropped if they were arrested solely for their non-violent opinions;
- calling for an independent investigation into well-attested reports that
several of these prisoners, most of whom have now been released, were beaten
by police;
- seeking public guarantees of humane treatment of John Kinyanjui and Mathu
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wa Ing'oku 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 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:
1) 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) 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 OF YOUR APPEALS 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 accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals 6 December 1993.

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