Subject: [Stop-traffic] NEWS/KENYA: FOREIGNERS SUSPECTED OF "SLAVERY" FAIL TO APPEAR IN COURT.
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 11:53:31 EST
20Jan01 KENYA: FOREIGNERS SUSPECTED OF "SLAVERY" FAIL TO APPEAR IN COURT.
Text of report by Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation web site on 20 January
Police Commissioner Philemon Abong'o was yesterday summoned to appear in
court on Monday [22 January] to answer why he had disobeyed a judge's
orders. Mr Justice Johnstone Mitey ordered Mr Abong'o to appear in person
to explain why his orders that eight suspects alleged by police to have
been trafficking in human beings be produced in court had not been complied
He had on Thursday directed the state to produce the eight yesterday
morning and had also summoned the officers on duty at the Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport and Gigiri police stations between 15 and 18 January
to produce their occurrence books. But when the case come up, Senior
Principal State Counsel Horace Okumu's plea to be given more time to comply
with the orders was granted and the matter adjourned for two hours.
When the court resumed, Mr Okumu said some of the suspects had been
deported in accordance with orders issued by State Minister Marsden Madoka.
The rest, he said, were in the no man's land between the terminal and the
departure lounge and were out of the reach of Kenya's authorities.
Mr Okumu: The subjects are not in the jurisdiction of the police or the
Justice Mitey: If they are being deported, who are they being handed over
Mr Okumu: They will be put in a plane and taken away.
Judge Mitey: Are they not in Kenya soil?
Mr Okumu: Yes my Lord, but technically they are in the international land.
Justice Mitey: What is disturbing is that you said in the morning these
people are on their way coming. You are taking this matter very lightly.
Mr Okumu got into more trouble for producing a photocopy of of an extract
from the Gigiri police station occurence book instead of the actual books.
However, soon after the court rose, two of the suspects, Ms Munira Omari
and Mr Ali Alhady [names as published] on the court corridors [sentence as
published]. They were escorted by several immigration officers. They were
allowed to consult with their lawyers, Mr Anthony Lubulleleh, Mr Swaleh
Kanyeki and Mr Cliff Ombata, before being whisked away.
The other suspects are Mr Tariq Idris Hassan, Ms Sophia Mohamed, Mr Hekmat
M Suliman, Mr Abuzar M Suliman, Mr Abdrizak A Hussein and Mr Abdulmin A
Hussein [names as published].
On Thursday, Mr Okumu said Mr Madoka's deportation orders were issued on
Monday, arguing that the commissioner of police had discharged his orders
to produce the eight as they were now under the Immigration Department. "We
cannot produce what we do not have. They are being detained pending
deportation," he had told Mr Justice Mitey.
Mr Okumu said the suspects were arrested on January 10 by a team of CID
officers from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit "on suspicion of
committing or being about to commit treachery, trafficking in narcotic
drugs and slavery."
Mr Lubulleleh argued that the state had disobeyed court orders issued on
Tuesday as the suspects were being held at the Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport police station.
Source: Daily Nation web site, Nairobi, in English 20 Jan 01.
BBC Worldwide Monitoring/ (c) BBC 2001.
BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS
BBC MONITORING AFRICA - POLITICAL 20/01/2001
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