Police are contemplating taking action against Citizen TV journalist Jaque Maribe along with several of her friend who stormed Muthaiga police station shortly after the arrest of Dennis Itumbi, taking selfies as they stood in solidarity with Itumbi.
Jacque Maribe staring at possible 2-year jail term for selfie party with Itumbi at Muthaiga police cell
More trouble for Jacque Maribe and crew
The investigating team has further accused officers who were manning the station on Wednesday night of allowing Mr Itumbi’s friends enter a restricted area for what appears to be a party judging by the selfies taken during the visit.
A calm Itumbi is seen enjoying rare privileges which other suspects can only dream of, seated with Maribe at the far end and surrounded by friends with a Can of Red Bull and a bottle of water close by in the event of thirst.
The photos were taken at a time when Itumbi should have been in the police cells after being questioned by DCI officers.
The party-like visit lasted until close to midnight contrary to normal visits at police cells that are closely monitored and controlled with restrictions on duration of visits.
“For the 11 to be inside the offices it means that someone somewhere allowed them in and that is also the person or persons of interest in this matter,” Nairobi Police Boss Philip Ndolo told Nation.
2 years in jail
Section 60 (1) of the Police Act stipulates that if “a person who, in any police building, police office lock-up or cell behaves in a riotous, indecent, disorderly, or insulting manner shall be guilty of an offence”.
Maribe and her crew risk imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding Sh20,000 or both should action be taken against them and established that indeed they contravened the police act.
Nation reports that by Friday evening, the team was yet to decide on the next course of action for Maribe’s crew that could be the latest in her legal challenges.
Maribe and her her fiancé Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu are the main suspects in the murder of business woman Monica Kimani.
She was released on a cash bail of Sh1 million.
The publication quoted a source privy to the investigations stating that “They were inside the cells, how they ended up there is clear. They were allowed (in). But there is need of having them (to) tell us why they opted to take such a move”.
The incident has so far seen Muthaiga Police Station Officer Commanding Station (OCS) Alphonse Kemengua interdicted.
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