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Kenya: Police commence investigations on threats against activist who filed a lawsuit against companies for environmental pollution
Author: Ernest Cornel, The Star (Kenya), Published on: 13 April 2017
"Police probes alleged harassment of CJGEA workers for defending environment"
Police have started investigations into the alleged harassment and intimidation of workers of the Centre for Justice Governance and Environmental Action. This was after CJGEA on March 6 met with the Director of Public Prosecutions. On April 6, police started interviewing CJGEA members who had allegedly received threats or had been trailed.
CJGEA executive director Phyllis Omido said harassment and threats started after the service notice in a local newspaper on February 2, to Metal Refinery EPZ Ltd and Penguin Paper over pollution litigation case. In a statement, Omido said, “Countless environmental activists are harassed and threatened for defending the environment against logging, mining and uncontrolled development.”
Related companies: Metal Refinery (EPZ)