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Human Rights group want private investigation done on the murder of Naivasha prisoner

By Bosco Marita | June 19th 2019

According to an independent report by a human rights organization, a prisoner who was serving a life sentence at Naivasha Maximum Prison died of severe injuries after being beaten by prison warders.

On Tuesday, the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU), an organization that combed through the matter, condemned the murder and said the officers acted beyond the law.

The organization said the officer went below the Minimum standard rules set by the UN, which stipulates how prisoners ought to be handled.

In a press statement, the organization now want the National Police to carry out an independent investigation.

“The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and the National Police Service (NPS) to expedite investigations into the apparent torture and death of Samuel Gitahi and forward the report to the Director of Public Prosecution’s office for prosecution of the officers found culpable,” read the press release.

The Prisoner, Samuel Gitahi, is said to have been pulled from the food queue on Thursday and beaten for not lining properly and later sent to seclusion where he passed on.

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