The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: High Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Interior PS Mutea Iringo

An arrest warrant has been issued against Interior PS Mutea Iringo after he once again failed to appear in court in a case filed by a Tanzanian national demanding payment for wrongful detention and torture.

High Court Judge George Odunga directed Inspector General David Kimaiyo to execute the arrest warrant after Iringo failed to appear in court this morning in the case where James Koroso is demanding a pay out of Sh31.6 million. The Interior PS had been ordered to come in today after he failed to show up on Thursday as he was in a security meeting.

Kosoro had sued the Kenyan government for wrongful detention and torture and on February 22, 2008 Judge Jackton Ojwang awarded him Sh21 million before an appeal by the Attorney General led to the increase of the award to Sh31.6 million.

Koroso had filed the case against the Government of Kenya in 1996. In his suit papers he had explained how police without any reasonable cause arrested him, charged him with the offence of robbery in 1993.

"Police officers, without any or any reasonable and probable cause and/or justification whatsoever, wrongfully, unlawfully and maliciously caused the plaintiff (Kosoro) to be arraigned in a court of law and charged with the offence of robbery with violence in Kiambu Magistrate's Court Criminal case No.73 of 1993," he had said.

However after going through two years of grueling trial he was acquitted of the robbery charges on December 7, 1995. And aggrieved by the arrest and detention he then moved to high court to seek compensation from the government.

Since 2008 he is yet to be paid the money he was awarded by courts as compensation for wrongful detention. Kosoro went back to court again seeking an explanation as to why he hasn't been paid yet. Also sought is an order that he be paid the money.

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