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VIDEO: Paul Muite ordered to sit down by judge

VIDEO: Paul Muite ordered to sit down by judge
January 07
16:27 2018

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

The year is 1996. Koigi wa Wamwere  is sentenced to four years in prison and six lashes of the  cane.

Wamwere was convicted of attempted robbery in connection with what the government said was an attack on a police station in 1993.

The London-based human rights group Amnesty International said the charges were fabricated and the evidence questionable.

The 19-month trial was being seen as a test of how far President Daniel Arap Moi’s government was prepared to go in using the criminal justice system to silence the opposition.

 

Human rights groups said government-organized violence had left thousands of Kikuyu homeless in the Rift Valley.

Wamwere was barred from entering the court to hear his own sentence. His lawyers were also impeded for several minutes by riot police, but eventually made it into court. Judge William Tuiyot summarized his ruling by saying he agreed with the majority of the evidence put forward by the state prosecution.

He labelled most of the key witnesses called by the defence as “liars”. Minutes before passing sentence, defence lawyer Paul Muite attempted to make a last minute plea, but was ordered to sit down by the judge.

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