Lawyers will down their tools next week in condemnation of the killings one of their colleague, his client and a taxi driver.
In a letter copied to the President of the Court of Appeal, Principal Judge of the High Court,
Employment Court, Land Court, Presiding Judges, in all High Court Divisions and Stations, Chief Magistrates, other Magistrates, Judicial Officers and the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary they LSK said they intend to boycott courts next week.
The events that have transpired over the last one week from Thursday 23rd July 2016 are of great concern to all of us, and to the Law Society of Kenya, LSK said.
An advocate of the High Court, Willie Kimani, was abducted with his client and taxi driver immediately upon leaving Mavoko Law Courts due to matters touching on his legal representation of his client, and involving substantial allegations of police misconduct, the lawyers’ body narrated.
According to the letter, evidence that has come to light is that both he and his client had previously been subjected to sustained illegal pressure before and during the ongoing proceedings.
LSK said that the three were abducted by rogue administration police officers after attending a court case, illegally confined at the AP Camp in Syokimau, illegally withdrawn therefrom, tortured and killed in a most heinous fashion.
The Council of the Law Society of Kenya held a meeting on Friday 1st July, and resolved to request its members to down their tools for one week, fromMonday July 4th to Friday July 8th, save for the ongoing court proceedings enquiring into the circumstances of the disappearance of lawyer Willie Kimani and his two companions.
They have requested the court to allow their members to mourn, show solidarity with the bereaved, apply pressure on the responsible state organs and attend to other related engagements.
Further, LSK council said that they shall be requesting all members to organise countrywide Tribute Sessions in Open Court on Tuesday 5th July 2016