Activist Edwin Kiama released, court orders cash bail returned to him

Prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence to charge him.

Activist Edwin Kiama freed unconditionally after lack of sufficient evidence to charge him

A Milimani court has released human rights activist Edwin Kiama unconditionally after the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence to charge him.

The court had last week declined to detain Kiama for 14 days over alleged cybercrime offences. The prosecution had requested for his detention over the wide circulation of a poster of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Senior Resident Magistrate Jane Kamau on Tuesday set the activist free and ordered that his cash bail of Sh500, 000 deposited in court be refunded back to him.

Kamau further dismissed the application by the prosecution saying that devices obtained from him(laptops and phones) had been taken to the Communication Authority of Kenya and the report had not been availed.

The case will be mentioned on May 21.

Kiama had on Tuesday April 6th been apprehended and taken to the Central Police Station in Nairobi County.

The activist maintains that he had no apologies to make over viral graphics he allegedly made against the presidency. He further stated that he had acted in line with the freedom of expression borne in the Constitution.

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