IJM Kenya: Two Innocent Men Set Free After Three Months in Prison

NAIROBI, KENYA – Yesterday, two innocent men were set free from prison. Three months ago, they were arrested upon a vague suspicion that they might commit a crime in the future. Though they were not charged with a specific crime, they were sent to prison.

Without evidence, they languished in prison for three months. Without an advocate, they would likely remain in prison for months to come.

IJM heard about their story and went to the prison to meet the innocent men. One of IJM Kenya's lawyers advocated for their release, and the men – both fathers – were set free.

After 75 Days in Prison, Two Innocent Men are Set Free in Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA – On April 18, two innocent men were set free after spending 75 days in prison – though they were never charged with an actual crime.

The chief police inspector told the court he was investigating a series of crimes, but didn’t have sufficient evidence to charge suspects. With the inspector’s unproven suspicions as the only evidence, Shadrack and Joseph were thrown in prison. The only way out was to post bail – about $1,200 – an impossible amount for the impoverished men.

After Two Years, Two Kenyan Men Are Finally Declared Innocent

NAIROBI, KENYA – Late last week, two innocent men who were charged with a violent crime they had not committed were finally acquitted and declared free after nearly two years.

IJM staff met the men a year and a half ago. Their trial has been ongoing since January 2011, wrought with delays and much frustration. James was released from prison on bail and reunited with his wife and 8-year-old daughter, but Oliver had no way to post bail and was incarcerated in Nairobi's maximum-security prison for more than twenty months.

IJM Kenya: Arrested But Never Charged With A Crime, Six Men Are Set Free

NAIROBI, KENYA – Yesterday, after 21 days wrongfully detained in a Kenyan prison, six men were set free.

The men were rounded up and arrested in a police sweep. They were sent to prison. But none of them were accused or charged of any crime. Nevertheless, they were told that they would stay in prison until they could post an exorbitant bond to ensure they “keep the peace.” None of the men could pay.

So they remained incarcerated for three weeks, with no end in sight. Until IJM Kenya staff met the men in prison and took up their case.