The hearing of a criminal case against former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga and 11 others was today delayed after the defense team objected to the overwhelming police presence outside the court.
Ndegwa Njiru, one of the defence lawyers, said it was improper for armed police officers to block all routes going to the Nakuru Law Courts in order to keep civilians away.
He vowed to conduct a demonstration if the 12 accused people’s friends and family members were not allowed to attend the court hearing.
He requested that Chief Magistrate Kipkurui Kibelion summon the Nakuru County Police Commander and order him to recall all extra police officers stationed near the Nakuru Law Courts.
“Even lawyers are not being allowed in court before showing identity cards to prove that they are members of the Law Society of Kenya,” said Lawyer Njiru.
He accused the State of using the police to intimidate the defence suspects and their relatives.