Friday, 15 July 2016

POLICE PROTECTION FOR LAWYER IN CASE INVOLVING POWERFUL PS.



MERU HIGHTCOURT ,Justice Francis Gikonyo




A court on Thursday ordered police protection for a lawyer whose client has sued Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and four top security officers after claims the advocate had received death threats.
Meru High Court judge Francis Gikonyo directed Tharaka Nithi County Criminal Investigations officer Betty Chepng’eno, Meru South OCPD Beatrice Kiraguri, County Commissioner Florence Amoit and Chuka OCS Emmanuel Juma to ensure the advocate, Ashford Riungu, was protected.
Justice Gikonyo issued the directions to the four officers who appeared before him during the mention of a case where they are sued alongside Dr Kibicho for raiding and destroying liquor in a Chuka factory despite a court order barring them.  
Mr Riungu, who is representing Hakim Commercial Agencies, had told the court he has been receiving death threats and he feared that he could be killed.
He wanted his security guaranteed by the officers who are involved in the same case he is handling.
“Mr Riungu alleges that his life is in danger. Following the death of his colleague (Willie Kimanii) who was murdered recently, his allegations cannot be ignored. I therefore direct that you engage him, investigate the allegations and ensure his security,” ruled Mr Gikonyo.
On Thursday, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet failed to appear before Justice Gikonyo to explain why he has failed to arrest Dr Kibicho who is accused of contempt of court.
The case was adjourned to September 15 for further directions.
On December 16, 2015, Hakim Commercial Agencies filed a suit in a Chuka court, seeking an injunction restraining the PS and his officers from harassing it.
The court issued by the orders which the officers from the Interior ministry are accused of defying.

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