8 March 2014

Kenya: Policeman Assaults Activist

Human rights activist Boniface Mwangi was yesterday assaulted by a policeman and locked up at Wilson Airport. He was later charged with disorderly conduct while the driver of a van in which he was traveling was charged with obstruction.

Mwangi was dragged into the cells after he questioned why the driver's driving license had been confiscated without an explanation. He told reporters he was being driven into the airport, but the car was stopped.

" We had parked the van by the roadside to make an inquiry but a police officer walked to the car and asked for the driving license. When the driver gave him the document, the officer just walked away without telling us anything. It is then that i got out of the car while carrying my son to ask him why he was walking away with the Driving License. It is then that he grabbed me and together with someone else in civilian clothes they dragged me into a the police station and chained me onto a metal box. The officer tried to strangle me and injured me on the neck. My wife came and took my son away but i have recorded a statement and the driver is doing so too," Mwangi said from the police station.

The Officer Commanding Wilson Police Station confirmed that they had detained Mwangi but said he would be released.

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