Human Rights Groups Plan Massive Protest Against Extrajudicial Killings


Following the news that the slain lawyer’s body has been found, human rights organisations in Kenya have called on concerned groups to hold a protest on Monday in expression of their anger over the killings of lawyer Willie Kimani, and his taxi driver.

The organisations urged lawyers and taxi drivers to join in the coming protest. The group said it will drop petitions to the offices of the police, the president and parliament.

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The three men vanished moments after the court, in which Mr Kimani had been on a case of police brutality, took a break to continue at noon.

The human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, and the other men, went missing since last week, but they were found dead on Friday morning.

Mr Willie Kimani’s body was found along with that of his taxi driver Joseph Muiruri. The third man, Mr Kimani’s client, Josephat Mwenda, is still missing, it adds.

Willie Kimani

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LSK President Isaac E.N. Okero said the incident marks a dark day for the rule of law in Kenya.

“Our worst fears are confirmed. Advocates and citizens are at risk of elimination by police death squads.”

LSK President scheduled an emergency meeting of the Council of the Law Society of Kenya at 4pm at the LSK Secretariat. IJM says the bodies were found in Ol-Donyo Sabuk River north-east of the capital, Nairobi.

“We are deeply mourning the loss of our colleague, Willie, and taxi driver, Joseph, and strongly condemn the perpetrators of these murders and the horrific violence inflicted upon these men.”

The LSK  added that they will do everything possible to ensure those with personal, political and moral responsibility answer for these crimes.

Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission also said:

“We will seek justice for Willie, Josephat, and Joseph, and will not cease in pursuit of this case until that end is secured.”