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Lawyers to boycott court Monday following killing of colleague

LSK's Chairman Isaack Okero said he has already written to heads of various judicial divisions notifying them of the one-week boycott that is aimed at paralysing court operations across the country/FILE

LSK’s Chairman Isaack Okero said he has already written to heads of various judicial divisions notifying them of the one-week boycott that is aimed at paralysing court operations across the country/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – Lawyers across the country will boycott court attendances for one week beginning Monday morning to protest the killing of their colleague Willie Kimani and his two companions.

LSK’s Chairman Isaack Okero said he has already written to heads of various judicial divisions notifying them of the one-week boycott that is aimed at paralysing court operations across the country.

Okero pointed out that while the Society welcomes the arrests made following orders by Inspector General Joseph Boinnet, the extra judicial killings shouldn’t have taken place in the first place.

The letter asks that no judicial action be taken against advocates participating in the protests.

Kimani was killed alongside his client Josephat Mwenda and a taxi driver Joseph Muiruri over a suspected tussle with Administration Police officers.

Their bodies were pulled out of a river on Thursday.

The lawyers’ boycott will culminate in countrywide tribute sessions in honour of the dead men that will take place in open court.

Four prosecutors are working with detectives investigating the killings of three men as three suspects are Monday expected in court to face murder charges.

The boycott comes even as civil society organisations and varied human rights actors including Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) will hold a demonstration over the incident.

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On Tuesday, the group will be presenting a petition to the Parliamentary Human Rights caucus.

Government Spokesman, Eric Kiraithe has assured the demonstrators of security during the protests on the city streets.

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