‘We won’t beg,’ says blogger Robert Alai after release from custody


'We won't beg,' says blogger Robert Alai after release from custody
Controversial blogger Robert Alai in a Nairobi court on June 19, 2019. PHOTO | SOPHIE ROBERT | CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • Alai denied two counts of treachery and disclosure of information before Milimani Law Courts Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and was freed on a bond of Ksh.500,000 with an alternative cash bail of Ksh.300,000.

Controversial blogger Robert Alai has quickly settled back to his usual loud social media ways following his Tuesday release from police custody.

Alai denied two counts of treachery and disclosure of information before Milimani Law Courts Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and was freed on a bond of Ksh.500,000 with an alternative cash bail of Ksh.300,000.

Taking to Twitter afterwards, the controversial blogger took a seemingly perceived dig at the government of the day terming them as “oppressors.”

“We won’t beg and we won’t hide. Our men and women in uniform will have to be treated with dignity whether dead or alive,” he wrote.

“Demanding this is not demanding too much but just showing that we are human and we appreciate them. Let’s terrorize the oppressors.”

The court on Tuesday morning heard – on June 17, 2019, at unknown place within the Republic of Kenya, with intent to help Al Shabaab – Alai shared a photo of deceased police officers on Whatsapp.

This was seen as an act intended to interfere with maintenance of order within Kenya.

In the second count, he was charged that on the same date, he – jointly with others not before court, having reasonable cause to suspect that police officer was undertaking investigation – disclosed information with a photograph of deceased police officers to the public through Twitter which is likely to prejudice investigation.

Alai denied all the counts and, through his advocate Paul Muite, pleaded with the court for leniency.

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