Killing of human rights lawyer in Kenya condemned by UN

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The killing in Kenya of a human rights lawyer and two other people has been condemned by the United Nations.

The death of Willie Kimani as well as his client Josphat Mwenda, and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri comes in a context of what the UN has described as "persistent allegations of extrajudicial killings by police forces."

Jocelyne Sambira reports

The three men disappeared on 23 June after Mr Kimani and Mr Mwenda attended court in a town, some 30 km east of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

They were there in connection with a case involving a police officer who had allegedly shot and injured Mr Mwenda in April last year.

Mr Mwenda had reportedly been receiving threats in the run-up to the hearing.

Here's Rupert Colville from the UN Human Rights Office.

"The two men and their driver were allegedly briefly detained inside a container in a police compound before they were executed. On 30 June, their bodies, which reportedly showed signs of torture, were found in a river to the north-east of Nairobi."

Kenya's Attorney General has said that "no effort will be spared" to identify those responsible for the killings.

The police have launched what has been described as a "thorough investigation."

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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