4 July 2014

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.

Copyright © 2014 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.