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‘Hate-mongers’ to spend two more nights in custody

The High Court has dismissed application which politicians detained over hate speech charges are seeking to be released on bail.

Justice Joseph Onguto says he will give his reasons for dismissing the case on Thursday at midday.

Five Cord politicians who were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court Tuesday over hate speech charges have moved to the High Court seeking to be released on bail.

The five are Senator Johnstone Muthama, Junet Mohamed, Aisha Jumwa, Timothy Bosire, Florence Mutua and University of Nairobi student leader Babu Owino.

The judge also allowed a request by three Jubilee MPs, Ferdinand Waititu, Moses Kuria and Kimani Ngunjiri, to be enjoined in the case. The three also are also in police custody over hate-speech charges.

VIOLATION OF RIGHTS

They claim that they were summoned to CID Headquarters from 8am to 3pm without prior notice to appear before any police station.

They also argue that they have been held for 18 hours without food, water, drink, access to medication, their relatives or spouses.

They have sued the Inspector General of Police, Director of Criminal Investigations and Director of Public Prosecutions.

The politicians, who have been locked up at Pangani and Muthaiga Police Stations, have also expressed fear that they will continue to be held in violation of their rights.

Earlier in the day, their families claimed that they had been barred from accessing them at the station.