NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 — A bail hearing in a subversion case against controversial Embakasi lawmaker Babu Owino was adjourned Thursday night with a ruling on the application set for Friday.
Milimani Chief Magistrate Lukas Onyina however allowed a plea to allow the legislator seek medical attention asking the police to escort him to hospital.
Owino was presented in court on Thursday and charged with subversion alongside six others following his arrest on Tuesday.
He was arraigned in court together with Calvin Okoth Otieno alias ‘Gaucho’ who stirred an online backlash after slaughtering a goat in full glare of camera and licked its raw blood while daring government officials he accused of threatening Azimio leader Raila Odinga.
Gaucho made the statement on Tuesday, a day before the planned resumption of anti-government protests called by Odinga.
Appearing in court on Thursday, the State challenged a bid by lawyers representing the accused persons to have them released on bail citing national security concerns.
Lawyers representing the seven accused persons contested the State’s objection decrying the arbitrary detention of accused persons outside the 24-hour period provided for in law.
The lawyers cited Article 49 of the Constitution (2010) which requires the State to produce arrested persons in court “as soon as reasonably possible, but not later than– (i) twenty-four hours after being arrested”.