Human rights groups demand release of abducted lawyer, his aids

Civil Society groups have called for immediate release of lawyer Willy Kimani, who was abducted alongside his client after a hearing of a murder case involving an Administration Police officer in Mavoko last week.

The International Justice Mission lawyer was kidnapped alongside his client Josephat Mwenda and a taxi driver Joseph Muiruri on Thursday last week.

Led by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) the International Commission for Jurists in Kenya (ICJ), Amnesty International and Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU), the civil society groups said the AP officer shot Mwenda, a bodabodarider, put him in custody and levelled false charges against him.

Mwenda later reported the case to the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and he was receiving threats from the officer ever since, the groups say.

“We the undersigned organizations call for the immediate release of Willie Kimani, a human rights defender/lawyer and his associates, Josephat Mwenda and Josephat Muiruri, who were abducted by the Administration Police on 23rd June 2016. The three were abducted as they left Mavoko Law Courts in Machakos County shortly before 12:00pm.”

The AP officer is stationed at Syokimau AP camp where he is a senior officer according  to the Civil Society, who addressed the press in Nairobi on Wednesday.

They also want the ministry of Interior and Coordination led by Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, Inspector General Joseph Boinnet and head of Administration Police be summoned by parliament and explain how three Kenyans can go missing in the hands of police.

Other human rights groups demanding their release include: International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Kenya Human Rights Commission  (KHR), Rights Protection and Promotion Centre (RPP), Freedom House (FH), Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) and the National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K).


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