Kenyan minister, police chief found in contempt; opposition politician deported

A Kenyan opposition politician says he has been detained in a toilet at the country's main airport since Tuesday after he refused to be deported.

The High Court has since issued another directive for Miguna to appear at 2.30pm. Kenyan authorities deported Miguna in February saying he had rescinded his citizenship but a court ruled he should be allowed back.

"The court should bite those disobeying court orders harder", James Orengo, a senator and lawyer for Miguna, told the court.

Following a nine-hour stand-off, which included the police physically manhandling him as they attempt to carry him on to a Dubai-bound flight, the pilot of the plane, which had been delayed specifically for Miguna, took off after witnessing the violent scenes.

Miguna further disclosed that his lawyers have been denied the chance to see him since his illegal detention on Tuesday evening.

The three were ordered to appear before court on Thursday at 10am for sentencing in the contempt proceedings.

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It could increase pressure in Nairobi's High Court, following Judge George Odunga's ruling against Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the head of immigration. "You can not take me from my country by force", he remonstrated as the commotion delayed Flight EK 722 to Dubai.

Odinga has argued that Kenyatta lacked legitimacy because his initial August 8 re-election victory was nullified by the Supreme Court over "irregularities and illegalities".

Videos posted on social media purported to show Kenyan police shoving a defiant Miguna into the plane. The repeat ballot had a low turnout as Odinga boycotted it, citing a lack of electoral reforms. "You can not chase me from my country of birth because you have guns", Miguna said in the video, which appeared to have been taken with a mobile phone by an airline crew member.

Miguna was at Odinga's side when the opposition leader took an oath as the "people's president" at the mock inauguration.

The airport confrontation came two weeks after a surprise meeting between opposition leader Odinga and Kenya's president as they announced a new initiative to heal the East African nation after months of sometimes deadly election turmoil. The government responded to that event by arresting opposition politicians and shutting down TV stations that broadcast the event.

There was no comment from the police on Wednesday.


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