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JSC forms sub-committee to probe Baraza

Monday January 9 2012

Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga flanked by other members of the Judicial Service Commission addresses a news conference after a meeting held on Janury 09, 2012 to decide the incident between deputy chief justice Nancy Baraza and Rebecca Kerubo, a security guard at village market PHOTO I PHOEBE OKALL

Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga flanked by other members of the Judicial Service Commission addresses a news conference after a meeting held on Janury 09, 2012 to discuss the incident between deputy chief justice Nancy Baraza and Rebecca Kerubo, a security guard at village market PHOTO I PHOEBE OKALL  

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has formed a sub-committee to probe into claims that Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza assaulted a security guard in a shopping mall on new year eve.

The sub-committee is expected to present its findings to the JSC by Friday 2.30pm.

It will "receive and interrogate" all evidence on the alleged incident, including a statement from the victim Rebecca Kerubo, footage from CCTV cameras that captured the incident at the shopping mall and a police file opened for the incident.

These were the resolutions of an emergency session convened on Monday by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to investigate the conduct of his deputy.

Lady Justice Baraza is alleged to have pointed a gun at a security guard after refusing to be frisked at the Village Market shopping mall. She also allegedly pinched the guard’s nose during the incident.

"The Judicial Service Committee is going to handle this matter with fairness. Once the sub-committee will give us their recommendation, we will make a decision and inform the public," Chief Justice Mutunga told journalists at the end of the JSC meeting.

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Justice Mutunga had on Thursday last week called an emergency session of the JSC to discuss the matter. (READ: Mutunga calls JSC over Baraza)

The critical part of the JSC inquiry will be the questioning of Lady Justice Baraza against her written statement and review of CCTV footage at the shopping mall. (READ: Moment of truth for the deputy CJ)

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