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Nation editors summoned over articles

Monday April 27 2015

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Two Nation Media Group editors have been summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over a story that linked the deportation of a senior spy officer by the Dutch government to The Hague cases.

Last week, Managing Editor Special Projects Macharia Gaitho and Political Editor Bernard Namunane were summoned to appear at the criminal investigations headquarters at Mazingira House on Kiambu Road Tuesday over two articles relating to the deportation of the National Intelligence Service officer.

A letter dated April 23, addressed to the NMG Managing Director and signed on behalf of DCI Director Ndegwa Muhoro by Mr Joseph Ngisa, said the two editors should be compelled to appear  for questioning.

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The letter alleges that the two editors are behind the publication of two articles in the Daily Nation on April 21 and April 22, indicating that “an NIS officer was arrested and subsequently deported from the Netherlands for attempting to contact an ICC witness based at The Hague.”

The letter does not disclose whether the editors are wanted as suspects or witnesses, nor does it specify the nature of crime. It also does not disclose the identity of the aggrieved party.

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Mr Gaitho and Mr Namunane, have, therefore, been advised by their lawyer that the purported summons fail to comply with the Constitution in several respects, and cannot, therefore, constitute lawful authority for appearance.