Court spares Echesa & Matiang’i payment to Pakistani women

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Richard Echesa

A city lawyer wanted Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his Sports counterpart Rashid Echesa to pay $90,000 (Sh 9 million) in damages to the eight Pakistani women deported on Saturday.

According to reports the court has spared Echesa and Matiang’i sh 9.1 million to Pakistani women over their irregular deportation. The judge has also summoned DCI for flouting court orders.

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Fred Matiang’i

Evans Ondieki on Tuesday said arresting the women, detaining them for four days and later deporting them was a violation of their rights and they should be compensated and those responsible punished.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations had sought detention orders to conclude investigations into the possibility that the women were victims of human trafficking.

The detention period ended on Monday and Ondieki faulted the state for interfering with a court process.

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The women were arrested at a night club at Diamond Plaza in Nairobi on the night of December 31.

They had been granted special passes by the Immigration department allowing them in the country as cultural dancers between December 1 and 31 last year.

Investigations by detective Samuel Ngunjiri of the DCI’s Transnational Organised Crimes Unit established that the passes were genuine, but were not valid because the due process was not followed in obtaining them

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