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Kenya arrests police officers for releasing suspect from Mandera Police Station

Kenya Security Agencies have arrested 13 Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) for allegedly releasing a colleague from Mandera police station.

Following arrest warrants by Mandera Senior Resident Magistrate James, the suspects were successfully detained and waiting for prosecution.

According to the prosecution, each officer will face two counts including rescuing a prisoner from lawful custody and conspiracy to defeat justice by interfering with witnesses.

On December 13, 2018, the group stormed Mandera Police Station in full combat gear and freed Corporal Richard Githaka Karanja.

They opened the cell and freed Mr Karanja who had been detained after an identification parade.

Mr Karanja had been arrested in connection with a robbery at a petrol station that left a guard dead and at least Sh700,000 stolen.

Mr Karanja was later rearrested and is facing robbery with violence charge in a Mandera court. All the officers were then attached to the Rapid Deployment Unit in Mandera’s Kapendo Camp.

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