Outrage as man is ‘illegally’ detained in prison even after paying court fine

The family of a man identified as Tayseer Ahmed is seeking answers and pursuing justice over what it terms ‘illegal detention’ of their kin.

A Facebook post by Sema Ukweli Kenya says Ahmed was arrested on January 8, 2019, together with two of his colleagues, Evans Mutinda and Fuad Swaleh from Sahel Energy Limited while transporting gas cylinders in an Isuzu truck.

They were accused of being in illegal possession of the gas cylinders which were alleged to belong to two men identified as Ibrahim Ndung’u and Sebastian Mwana.

When presented before the court, they were charged with filling the cylinders without permission from the owners to which they were sentenced to 4 months in prison or a fine of Sh300,000.

They were then charged with a second offense of trading in gas cylinders without permission from the brand owners and issued with an additional sentence of 2-years imprisonment or a fine of Sh140,000.

Their employers at the company they worked for were neither arrested nor presented before the court, a matter that raised suspicion among family members as the three accused were mere employees.

Ahmed’s family, however, managed to raise the Sh140,000 fine as he was in jail but he is yet to be released even after completing the four months of his first sentence.

Kwale Prison authorities confirmed that the three men were done with the four-month sentence but the court clerk at Kwale court is yet to issue a statement explaining Ahmed’s illegal detention.

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