Keny - 2 judges hear death row appeals.

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Keny - 2 judges hear death row appeals.

Post  Jennie on Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:22 pm

2 judges have been posted to Malindi to hear appeal cases for 87 death row inmates who went on hunger strike last week over delayed hearing.

3 inmates at the Malindi GK prison, one of them said to be suffering from HIV and Aids-related complications, were admitted to Malindi District Hospital in serious condition on Tuesday last week.

However, two said to have been suffering from high blood pressure, have since been discharged after treatment, hospital administrator Bernard Kiviha said on Monday.

"The strike is over as all the 87 inmates resumed eating some days ago. One of them is admitted to hospital suffering from some ailments," said Mr B.M. Mutunga, the officer in charge of Malindi prison.

Starvation

Their colleagues at Shimo la Tewa Prison in Mombasa ended their hunger strike last Friday, according to the officer in charge of the facility, Ms Wanini Kireri.

"Prisoners who were on hunger strike at the prison ended their protest last Friday to avert starvation.

"The ones who were taken to hospital for treatment were suffering from various ailments," said Ms Kireri, an assistant commissioner of prisons.

According to Mr Mutunga, the inmates' appeal cases would resume on July 1.

"Lady Justice Hellen Omondi has been posted to Malindi to take over from Lady Justice Wanjiru Karanja while Justice Leonard Njagi has been brought from Mombasa High Court to team up with Justice Omondi for the cases," said Mr Douglas Ogot, the State counsel in Malindi.

Lady Justice Karanja was transferred after staying in office for only 2 days.

She had visited the inmates in the company of Mr Ogot and Law Society of Kenya Malindi branch chairman Henry Muranje on her 1st day at the station.

Mr Mutunga had feared that even after the posting of a judge to replace Ms Karanja, it would not be possible for the appeal cases to resume since at least 2 judges must sit to hear them.

Transferred

The prisoners had been transferred from Shimo la Tewa Maximum Prison.

The appeal order affected murder suspects mostly because it was felt that the lower courts had exceeded their powers in sentencing them.

(source: Daily Nation)
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