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December 14, 2018

Lang'ata Women's Prison releases 26 inmates, rulings on their cases were reviewed by High Court

Overjoyed prisoners after release from Langata Women's Maximum security prison on June 3, 2017/JOSEPH NDUNDA
Overjoyed prisoners after release from Langata Women's Maximum security prison on June 3, 2017/JOSEPH NDUNDA

Lang’ata Women’s Prison on Saturday released 26 out of 41 inmates freed by the High Court on Thursday, following a review of their sentences.

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu announced the release of the offenders during the Madaraka Day celebrations at the prison.

Officer-in-charge Olivia Onyango said three others, including a Tanzanian jailed for being in Kenya illegally, will leave today, after rulings on their cases are verified. “There are those whose verdict is not clear to us. We want to get confirmation with the courts before releasing them,” she said, adding that the prison will continue accommodating those unable to travel immediately.

“We’ve removed the others from our records of prisoners. They are now free, but they can remain here as lodgers and if totally unable to travel, we will facilitate them,” she said.

Eleven others will remain to serve their reduced sentences. Those who left immediately included 64-year-old Mary Wambui, who has been at the facility since December 2011, when she was arrested for obtaining Sh14 million by false pretenses. She was to complete her sentence in July next year.

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