High Court orders release of Miguna Miguna from JKIA detention

Do everything possible to ensure Miguna's safety- German MP to Kenya

Do everything possible to ensure Miguna's safety- German MP to Kenya

Miguna Miguna is seen through a glass door at the Jomo Kenyatta airport after he was detained by police in Nairobi Thomson Reuters NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police kept an opposition politician in custody on Wednesday in apparent defiance of a judge's order to bring him to court ahead of a possible release from detention, the politician's lawyer said.

Miguna's deportation could also strain a rapprochement between opposition leader Raila Odinga and Kenyatta, who won a second term in October at an election in which around 100 people were killed, majority opposition supporters.

"They say they want to remove me by force so they will have to kill me first because I am a Kenyan citizen", Miguna said, adding that he was not travelling with a Canadian passport but his Kenyan identification card and court orders.

The Bungoma senator further rubbished claims that he had failed to show solidarity with Miguna after NASA leader Raila Odinga visited the airport.

A Kenyan high court judge found the Interior Minister and the police chief guilty of contempt on Wednesday and told them to appear for sentencing because they failed to obey a court order to release a detained opposition politician.

Wetangula speaking on Tuesday morning, hit out at the government over the attempt to re-deport Miguna. "You can not chase me from my country of birth because you have guns". "I have not been given access to my lawyers, family members and physicians".

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Odinga had argued that Kenyatta lacked legitimacy because his initial August 8 re-election victory was nullified by the Supreme Court over "irregularities and illegalities". The repeat ballot had a low turnout as Odinga boycotted it, citing a lack of electoral reforms. But in a surprise move two weeks ago, Odinga and Kenyatta met publicly and shook hands, saying they had started a new initiative to heal the country.

Miguna was at Odinga's side when he took an oath as the "people's president" at the mock inauguration.

This coming as a section of opposition legislators sought an explanation from the government on the whereabouts of the controversial lawyer.

There was no immediate comment from the government.

Kenyatta's government has been accused of pulling back on freedoms of expression and assembly.

Daily Nation, a local newspaper reported that the protesters have blocked the main highway wuth huge rocks, forcing traffic to use alternative longer routes.

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