A heavily bandaged terror suspect Salim Muhammad alias Osama from Morocco appears in a Nairobi court and indicts Kamiti prison wardens for assault and torture.
Lawyer Hassan Nandwa for the suspect demanded for summons, which were granted against the Officer-in-Charge of the facility to go to court and shed light on the circumstances surrounding the cause of the visible injuries.
Wardens told Justicenow.co.ke the suspect was attacked when he went to rescue a fellow inmate who was being ‘disciplined’ by the warders before the warders called for reinforcements who beat him senseless.
“The accused was assaulted and has injuries on his head and left arm…” Prof Nandwa said and asked the court to summon the Officer-in -charge of Kamiti prison ” to explain why” Osama was assaulted.
Prof Nandwa said the suspect has since been held under inhumane and degrading conditions where he is forced to sleep without blankets and on a cold cemented floor.
“We fear that if this treatment continues, he may succumb to the difficult circumstances in prison,” the lawyer told chief magistrate Francis Andayi who has summoned the Officer-in- charge of the facility to court “to explain the circumstances.”
Prof Nandwa asked the court to issue an order that such suffering subjected to the suspect be halted.
“He should explain why such violation of human rights should be meted on my client,” he said.
A state prosecutor said he could see bandages on the head and left arm but could not tell under what circumstances the injuries were inflicted.
The prosecutor concurred that the prison boss be made to appear in court to explain the cause of injuries and that the court makes appropriate orders to stop any inhuman treatment.