Illegal Detention

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.