CANA­DIAN STRANDED IN DUBAI.

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NAIROBI, KENYA •AKenyan op­po­si­tion fig­ure who holds Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship claims he was drugged and forcibly de­ported from Kenya to Dubai and that he has been “ma­rooned” at the air­port there.

A Kenyan court on Thurs­day fined top of­fi­cials in­clud­ing the interior min­is­ter and na­tional po­lice chief for fail­ing to ap­pear in court to ex­plain the treat­ment of Mi­guna Mi­guna, who was tar­geted amid lin­ger­ing elec­tion ten­sions.

Ear­lier this year he stood be­side op­po­si­tion leader Ralia Odinga dur­ing a mock in­au­gu­ra­tion to protest Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s re-elec­tion.

Mi­guna later was de­ported to Canada but a Kenyan court or­dered au­thor­i­ties to al­low him back into the coun­try. His at­tempt to re­turn this week ended up with him be­ing de­tained in an air­port toi­let for more than a day.

Mi­guna posted state­ments on so­cial me­dia Wed­nes­day say­ing he had been “de­tained in­side a tiny and filthy toi­let” in one of the ter­mi­nals.

“I have not eaten. I have not taken a shower. I have not been given ac­cess to my lawyers, fam­ily mem­bers and physi­cians.”

Mi­guna also said in a Face­book post that au­thor­i­ties broke into the air­port toi­let and forcibly in­jected him with a sub­stance and he passed out. He said he re­gained con­scious­ness when the Emi­rates flight ar­rived in Dubai.

Mi­guna says he was born in Kenya and holds Kenyan and Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship but au­thor­i­ties have dis­puted his Kenyan sta­tus.

In a post on so­cial me­dia, he said the air­line that flew him to Dubai, Emi­rates, “claimed that it was forced to carry me un­con­scious with no travel doc­u­ments be­cause the ‘state had re­fused to al­low them per­mis­sion to leave.’ ”

He added that “Air Emi­rates has re­fused to re­turn me to Nairobi. It ar­gues that the il­le­git­i­mate Uhuru Keny­atta govern­ment has threat­ened to deny them land­ing rights if they fly with me to Nairobi.”

The air­line did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

On Wed­nes­day, lawyer James Orengo said po­lice at the air­port roughed up lawyers and forced them to leave when they tried to serve the court or­der to re­lease Mi­guna.

Mi­guna Mi­guna

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