High Court orders release of Miguna Miguna from JKIA detention

Daniel Fowler
March 29, 2018

There was no immediate comment from the police on Wednesday as to why Miguna was not brought to court.

The self-declared National Resistance Movement General has been detained at the airport since Monday when he arrived in the country from Canada where he was deported in February following his participation in the mock swearing-in of NASA Leader Raila Odinga as "The People's President". Government critics say authorities defy court orders in cases involving politics and opposition politicians.

Opposition Sen. James Orengo told Reuters that an hours-long standoff ensued before several dozen plainclothes officers dragged Miguna onto an Emirates airline plane bound for Dubai.

Appearing before Justice Aburili, lawyers John Khaminwa, Nelson Havi and Julie Soweto representing Miguna argued that that the Immigration Department refused to comply with the court order directing them to issue Miguna with travel documents to enable him to re-enter and remain in the country. Miguna was then removed from the airliner and taken to an airport police station.

On Tuesday, Mr Orengo and Otiende Amollo stuck court orders demanding the release of Dr Miguna Miguna at the Immigration Department's offices at JKIA. "I have not been given access to my lawyers, family members and physicians".

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The Canadian lawyer landed at the JKIA on Monday 2.30pm aboard an Emirates flight.

The rights official said that up to 100 police officers beat up journalists and opposition supporters during the confrontation.

Ninety-two people have been reported killed during protests over Kenyatta's election and there had been fears of further violence.

It was unclear whether the dispute over Miguna would affect the reconciliation pact.

An interior ministry statement released early Tuesday said Miguna became "unruly and threw a tantrum" at the airport and that he had demanded to be allowed to enter Kenya without being cleared through immigration.

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