DCI detective handed 5-year jail term for kidnapping 2 foreigners

DCI detective handed 5-year jail term for kidnapping 2 foreigners

A Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detective who previously worked at the directorate’s Nairobi office has been sentenced to five years in jail or pay a fine of Ksh.1.1M.

According to a report released by the DCI on Twitter, Inspector Painito Bera found guilty of three offences among them giving false information to a Public Service employee.

According to the prosecution, Mr. Bera kidnapped three foreign nationals who had been granted political assylum in Kenya.

The former detective was facing the charges alongside three others; Police Constable James Sipiti, Billow Ali and Hasaan Aden.

The three have since been acquitted under section 215 of the Criminal Procedure Code by a Milimani Law court.

According to detectives handling the matter, the police officer had kidnapped Ali Ahmed Hussein and Sulub Abdi on January 26, 2014.

He had then handed the two over to the Ethiopian authorities without their consent.

The court was told that the two were officials of the Ethiopian rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front, (ONLF), fighting for independence for the Somali-speaking Ogaden region.

They had been in the country for peace talks that had been brokered by the Kenyan government.

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