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Kenyan Protesters Burn Police Post over Cop-linked Murders

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 01:28 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyans burned a police station Wednesday as thousands across the country protested against extra-judicial killings linked to police, days after the bodies of a human rights lawyer, his client and another man were pulled from a river and several officers were detained.

Anger over the killings has simmered in the East African country where human rights groups say police-linked killings are pervasive.

Hundreds of lawyers from the Law Society of Kenya marched to police headquarters in the capital, Nairobi, to demand action. Lawyers across Kenya are on a week-long work slowdown to protest the murders, and the law society is seeking orders to compel police to ensure there is no interference into investigations into the killings.

Human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and motorcycle taxi driver Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri went missing on June 23. Their bodies were pulled from a river on Friday.

The men were tortured, according to a post-mortem report presented to the court. Mwenda's testicles were crushed, pathologist Dr. Andrew Gachii said, and his skull was fractured. The bodies of the others also bore wounds from a blunt object.

Despite threats, Mwenda had been pursuing charges against a police officer at the Syokimau police station who had shot him in an unprovoked incident in 2015.

Four officers from the station are being held for the murders. Rights groups say witnesses claim the three men were held there after being abducted.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet condemned the burning of the station. He also pledged that those responsible for the murders will be held accountable.

Kenya is vetting hundreds of thousands of police officers, trying to restore the image of a force often accused of abuses. Rights group Independent Medico Legal Unit says 520 extra-judicial killings have occurred since 2013.

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