Sunday, September 28, 2014

Life sentence for desertion

Lt Jeffery Okurih Pepela of the Kenya Navy has received a life sentence for desertion, having been found guilty of abandoning his post as officer in charge of the Maritime Surveillance Radar Station at Mansura in 2007. He is one of a large group of Kenya Defence Forces personnel who accepted employment with Blackwater and other private security companies in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan without having been discharged from the KDF. The last time a member of the KDF was sentenced to life imprisonment was in 1982, following an abortive coup. Lt Pepela's defense counsel is taking steps to appeal.

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