Kenya deports opposition lawyer charged with treason

Kenya's competitive authoritarian regime has deported opposition lawyer Miguna Miguna in defiance of court orders.

(Reuters) – Kenyan authorities deported a lawyer charged with treason for attending the symbolic presidential inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga, prompting a rare rebuke from the Chief Justice who accused the government of defying court orders.

The High Court had ordered police to bring lawyer Miguna Miguna to a court in Nairobi on Wednesday. But the government said it had deported him overnight as a “prohibited immigrant”, because he had lost Kenyan nationality under a now-defunct law.

Miguna said in a statement he had been forcefully placed on board a KLM flight to Amsterdam “in flagrant violation of my constitutional rights, five court orders and common decency”.

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