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Ex-DCI officer sentenced to 5 years for kidnapping two foreigners

A former Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) detective was on Monday, November 16 sentenced to five years in prison or an alternative of Sh1.1 million fine after being found guilty of kidnapping two foreigners in 2014.

Inspector Painito Bera was convicted at a Milimani Law Court after being charged with three offences of kidnapping, abuse of office and giving false information to a person employed in the public service.

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Bera, formerly based at Nairobi’s Criminal Investigation office, is accused of kidnapping two Ethiopian nationals who had been granted political asylum in Kenya.

Bera was facing the charges alongside three others; Police Constable James Sipiti, Billow Ali and Hasaan Aden who have been acquitted under section 215 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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One of the victims, who is a UNHCR-registered asylum seeker, told Human Rights Watch that Bera and company forced him into a car in late 2014. He fell unconscious and awoke in a prison in Moyale, Ethiopia. The authorities then transferred him to Kaliti prison near Addis Ababa and then to a well-known military camp [name withheld] where he was held for almost one year, including seven months in solitary confinement.

Reports indicate that the two foreigners belonged to a group that was seeking self-determination of Ogaden region.

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