Amnesty International reports 663 extrajudicial killings



By Edward Kabasa

About 663 people have been killed in suspected cases of extra-judicial killings by the police in the last four years according to Amnesty International.

The Human rights body says this year alone it has documented 74 cases even though the exact number could be much higher.

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The statistics come amid claims of high handedness by security forces leading to spiraling cases of unlawful executions.

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A report by the Mathare Social Justice Center puts the number of people killed unlawfully by the police at 803 as at 2015 alleging  the number could be much higher.

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Three years ago the Kenya Police Service set up an Internal Affairs Unit within the office of the Inspector General, to receive and investigate complaints against the police.

The Kenya National Human Rights Commission says it plans to petition the government to constitute a Judicial Commission to investigate cases of extra judicial killings in the country.

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The report was released to mark the first anniversary of the death of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri.


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