Court overturns Matiang’i order to deport Chinese national who was recorded caning Kenyan worker

Court overturns Matiang'i order to deport Chinese national who was recorded caning Kenyan worker
Four Chinese nationals who were arrested after one of them was captured on video caning a Kenyan at a Kileleshwa restaurant. PHOTO| DZUYA WALTER

A deportation order for four Chinese nationals whose counterpart was seen canning a Kenyan worker has been suspended.

On Wednesday morning, the High Court overturned the directive from Interior CS Fred Matiang’i that was issued on February 13.

This after the four suspects filed an application challenging the deportation order.

The court also gave the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) more time to file responses by Friday this week.

Ms. Jacinta Nyamosi, lawyer for the ODPP,  had told the court that they were served with the application late and therefore needed more time to file responses.

The matter was then certified as urgent and the court directed that the case be heard inter-party on February 25.

The Chinese suspects had been arrested after one of them was filmed caning an employee at Chez Wou Restaurant in Kileleshwa.

Deng Hailan was arrested after he was identified on camera as the one who allegedly assaulted the employee.

His counterparts Chang Yueping and Ou Qiang were arrested for reportedly holding expired visas while Yu Ling, a cashier, was arrested for working on a visitor’s visa instead of a work permit.

The case was set to be mentioned on March 4; however, CS Matiang’i signed the deportation order just hours after a Nairobi court allowed police to detain the four for 15 days pending conclusion of investigations.

“The court has considered the fact that the suspects are a flight risk and they will abscond court if released. I allow their detention for 15 days,” Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwani ruled.

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Story By Dzuya Walter
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