Court fines Matiangi, Boinnet, Kshs 200,000 each for court contempt

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The High court has slapped Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa with a shillings fine each for contempt of court in what appears to be a slap on the wrist.

High Court Judge George Odunga ruled that the fine should be deducted from their next month’s salary.

The three were named as respondents in a suit filed by controversial Lawyer Miguna Miguna’s lawyers challenging his deportation and detention at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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The Miguna Miguna circus began on Monday when the state refused to admit the self-proclaimed NRM General into the country after he failed to surrender his Canadian passport to Immigration.

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His lawyers filed a suit seeking his release and safe passage after attempts to deport Miguna to Dubai on Monday night.

Interior CS Fred Matiangi, Inspector General of police Joseph Boinett and immediate former  Immigration Director who is now the Principal Secretary Immigration were named as respondents.

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Successive orders for Miguna to be presented in court by judges Roselyne Aburili and George Odunga have been futile and the state deported the outspoken and controversial lawyer to Dubai on Wednesday night instead.

The trio who were found to be in contempt of court did not show up for sentencing on Thursday morning as ordered even after Judge Odunga postponed it to 12.15pm.

After submissions by lawyers representing Miguna and the state, Odunga would emerge shortly before 3pm with the expectations high in the courtroom.

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While contempt of court could commit one to a six months jail term, Odunga said he was apprehensive that orders for imprisonment would be effected.

The three according to Odunga have been found to have violated article 10 of the constitution about the integrity of public officers but fell short of declaring them unfit to hold public office. But the fate of Miguna remains unclear as the judge issued no specific orders.

 

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