DPP rejects DCI charges against two journalists

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Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti and a past event. PHOTO/COURTESY

By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Two journalists Messrs Milton Were and Jack Okinyi were on Thursday set free after the Director of Public Prosecutions rejected charges of false publications against them.

Okinyi who publishes Business Illustrated and Were who works for Kenya Today were allegedly abducted by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives on Tuesday and were to be charged with publication of false information contrary to the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act.

According to State Counsel Geoffrey Obiri, the charge sheet did not meet the threshold and merit to warrant prosecution and did not disclose the offense committed.

The two journalists were allegedly arrested for publishing a damaging story against a contractor. They have since expressed fears for their safety after the contractor they had exposed vowed to “fix” them. They have asked DCI to provide them with security and also investigate the threats.

The DCI detectives had accused the two of creating and publishing an article in Tuko Kenya, which stated that one family was getting multibillion tenders at the Kenya Urban Roads Authority jointly with a member of parliament. They were even forced to pull the story down.

The officers accused the two bloggers of publishing the story knowing it to be false and likely to discredit the reputation of Abdisirat Khalif Ali.

The two bloggers had been lured to a hotel in Upper Hill area in Nairobi before being abducted, beaten up and wrapped in a trash paper and driven around the city before being booked at CapitalHill Police Station.

They were held at Capitalhill Police Station on Tuesday night before being taken to DCI headquarters on Wednesday and later were booked at Muthaiga Police Station before being taken to Kibera Law courts on Thursday.

The two have lodged a complaint with the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) after they claimed that they were tortured during arrest.

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