Po­lice tor­tured me for 16 days – Lamu nurse

‘They de­nied me a chance to go to hospi­tal’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - CHETI PRAXIDES @TheS­tarKenya

A nurse yes­ter­day ac­cused po­lice of tor­tur­ing him for 16 days on sus­pi­cion he treated al Shabaab fight­ers in Mb­wa­jumwali, Lamu East sub­county.

Omar Faraj, 38, said he was ar­rested when po­lice raided his house in Witu, Lamu West sub­county, af­ter the Mpeke­toni ter­ror at­tack in which more than 100 peo­ple were killed.

Faraj, now based at King Fahd on the Lamu Is­land, said 12 of­fi­cers raided his house on July 27, 2014, at 9.06pm.He said po­lice slapped his wife and took Sh2,500, a panga, a knife and their IDs.

“Po­lice de­nied me a chance to go to hospi­tal af­ter they in­jured my mouth and al­most broke my arm with a gun butt. I was re­leased on Au­gust 12, 2014, af­ter I read a verse in the Qu­ran and sought di­vine in­ter­ven­tion. The tiny, smelly cell had bed­bugs and lice and 41 other sus­pects,” Faraj said.

He said he was taken to an un­known place blind­folded. Faraj said he was later re­leased with­out charges. “They just ques­tioned me about the Mpeke­toni at­tack and did not pre­fer any charges against me. I sus­pect the po­lice tor­tured me, be­cause of my thick beard which is a mat­ter of faith for me,” he said.

Faraj made the pre­sen­ta­tion to the Kenya Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights pub­lic in­quiry on se­cu­rity at Lamu Fort. The ses­sion was at­tended by among oth­ers, KNCHR chair­per­son Kag­wiria Mbo­gori, Lamu county com­mis­sioner Joseph Kanyiri and In­de­pen­dent Polic­ing Over­sight Au­thor­ity board mem­ber Vin­cent Kip­too.

The com­mis­sion be­gan its two-day sit­ting on Lamu Is­land yes­ter­day. It will wind up its Coast in­quiries in Mpeke­toni next Fri­day.

HE SAID PO­LICE SLAPPED HIS WIFE AND TOOK SH2,500, A PANGA, A KNIFE AND THEIR IDS

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