NAIROBI, Kenya – In the middle of the night, the Kenyan authorities handcuffed and deported an opposition politician. His attempt to enter the country resulted in him being held in an airport toilet more than a day, lawyers said early Thursday.
Miguna Miguna, who was attacked in a Kenyan government crackdown under continuing electoral tensions, was sent to Dubai even after a court ordered authorities to free him, said lawyer Cliff Ombeta. Another lawyer, James Orengo, said the police at the airport shook her and forced her to leave as they tried to comply with the court order. The Kenyan authorities did not react immediately, even though Kenya 's immigration office rescued a post. The deportation ended the airport drama in which Miguna of A few hours before his deportation, a Supreme Court judge denied Kenya's Home Secretary, national police chief, and permanent secretary for immigration disrespectful of what he called "toilet at Terminal 2" in the "dirty" facilities of
the court for ignoring an order to release Miguna immediately, said another lawyer, Nelson Havi. Justice George Odunga ordered the officers to appear in court on Thursday morning or to be detained.
Miguna was deported to Canada last month for demonstrating against politicians protesting at opposition leader Raila Odinga's protest to protest President Uhuru Kenyatta. Choice. A court later ordered to restore Miguna's Kenyan passport and allow him to return.
However, when Miguna arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday, plainclothes officers were trying to push him onto a departing plane, witnesses said. That failed when he protested.
Miguna later wrote in social media that he had been detained in one of the terminals in a tiny and dirty toilet. I have not had a shower, I have not had access to my lawyers, family members and doctors. "
The airport confrontation came two weeks after a surprise meeting between opposition leader Odinga and Kenya's president when they announced a new initiative to heal the East African nation after months of sometimes fatal election riots.
Odinga argued that Kenyatta lacked legitimacy because his first re-election victory on August 8 was nullified by the Supreme Court for "irregularities and illegality." The re-election had a low turnout, since Odinga boycotted this, citing lack of electoral reforms.
Miguna was on the side of Odinga when he took an oath as "President of the People" at the blessing consecration. The government responded by arresting opposition politicians.
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