The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

The ex-soldiers ap­pealed the con­vic­tion by the court mar­tial in Mtongwe and said the charges of de­ser­tion dur­ing wartime were de­fec­tive. The soldiers ar­gued the of­fences were al­leged to have taken place in 2007, but the law they al­legedly broke was en­acted in 2012. They were ac­cused of leav­ing KDF on var­i­ous dates in 2007 and 2008 and go­ing to work for pri­vate Amer­i­can se­cu­rity firms that de­ployed them to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and Jor­dan. They said they had been prop­erly dis­charged.

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