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Muslim rights group wary of alleged police threats

25 August 2014, 21:03

Nairobi - Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) reported that one of its officers was receiving threatening messages from the police following his activism over a girl who police allegedly murdered under unclear circumstances.

The organisation said in a statement that the life of Abdulrahman Mwangoka, the human rights officer in charge of Kinango in Kwale County, was in danger after MUHURI decided to follow up on the killing of a 14 year old girl by a police stray bullet.

“Abdulrahman Mwangoka has been receiving several threats through his phone. We pray that nothing bad happens to him,” said MUHURI.

The 14 year old, Kwekwe Mwandaza from Kinango in Kwale County died on last week.

MUHURI reported police quashed its attempt to obtain the deceased’s autopsy report in order to pursue further legal action on behalf of Mwandaza’s family.

It is alleged police, who could not be reached for comment, ordered the burial of Mwandaza at night days after the alleged murder without the consent of the family in a bid to block the autopsy.

“The police together with the area chief ordered the body to be buried last night,” said Muhuri in an earlier statement.

This happens just a week after a human rights organization Human Rights Watch released a report blaming Kenyan police for extra-judicial killings.

HRW blamed the counterterrorism forces for killings and disappearances of Kenyans in what they term as a “horrendous conduct that undermines the law.”

 – CAJ 




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