The man who was acquitted over the Mishomoroni blast is suing the police for illegal detention and malicious prosecution. Athman Salim, who on Monday said he has forgiven the police for what they did to him, will also sue or psychological and physical torture and defamation. Through lawyer Sherleen Njeri Njoroge, Salim is seeking compensation from the police claiming his life has been “destroyed” because it is now “almost impossible to get a job”.
The 23-year-old mason, who is an orphan, was arrested after the June 24 blast at Jericho Beer Garden in Mishomoroni. Three people were killed and 28 injured in the attack. Police said he was the prime suspect due to the nature of his injuries. He was however acquitted on Monday by magistrate S. K. Gacheru after police failed to link him to the blast.
He spent 14 days in custody at the Nyali police station. Njoroge, who was contracted by Muslim for Human Rights, said the police have to compensate Salim for the potential damage they have done to his life. “As we heard from what the courts said, the police lacked evidence. Surely, what is that? 14 days? What were they doing to an innocent man who is not feeling well, who not in proper condition?” posed Njoroge at the Muhuri offices yesterday.
Salim said the police never tortured him physically. He however said he was discharged from the Coast General Hospital before he was given proper medical care. “I was arrested on at the hospital on June 25 and was taken to Nyali police station on Monday, June 26. I was taken to the station before I got proper medical care. They kept asking me if I was involved and I always told them I wasn’t,” he told the press yesterday.
Salim said he was returned to the Coast General Hospital once fooling persistent requests for treatment from his family members. He said the medication he was given got finished a few days after he was arrested and was never given any other medicine. His mother Rehema Karembo said the discharge sheet from the hospital indicated that Salim was ell and could go home. “As a mother I feel pain. I ask for help.
They have spoilt my son’s life. They have taken his finger prints and now he may not be employed again,” said Karembo. Salim’s uncle, Santa Karisa, asked the government to erase his finger prints from the list of criminals or suspected criminals. Muhuri’s Yusf Lule said the government should take up responsibility and ensure that Salim’s life is not made any more difficult.
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