In a ruling on Thursday, Senior Resident Magistrate Jane Kamau said that the State failed to give compelling reasons to keep detaining Kiama. She ordered the activist not to share any messages or images on Kenya’s foreign loans or President Uhuru Kenyatta over the 10 days.
The Nairobi court has released Activist Edwin Kiama on Sh500,000 cash bail, and a surety of a similar amount. He is also required to report to the Investigating Officer, Patrick Kibowen, at a place of their choice for the next 10 days, while observing Covid-19 protocols.
Kiama's lawyers Martha Karua and Haroun Ndubi denied the police plans to detain Kiama for 14 days as they complete their investigations.
In his affidavit, Kibowen said that Kiama committed cybercrime-related offences and published false information about President Uhuru Kenyatta on different occasions between April 5 and 6, 2021.
The prosecution is yet to prepare formal charges against the suspect.
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