Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kenya desertion saga continues

Last week, twenty-six Kenyan soldiers were sentenced to life imprisonment for desertion. The sentencing comes on the heels of last month's conviction of four soldiers for the same charges. The soldiers are accused of deserting the Kenya Defence Forces to work for U.S. security firms in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq in 2007 and 2008. The soldiers claim that they lawfully resigned and were thus charged under the wrong law. The soldiers' appeals will be heard by the Mombasa High Court in April. In the meantime, a defense attorney for the soldiers requested that Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi produce crucial documents to the court, so that their clients can apply for bail.

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