The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has withdrawn a case against blogger Robert Alai where he had been charged with disclosure of information in relation to terrorism activity.
The controversial blogger had circulated gory photos of police officers who were reportedly killed by the al-Shabaab militia in Wajir county.
According to a statement on Wednesday, December 9, the court approved DPP’s application to terminate the case bringing it to finality.
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The court also directed the cash bail that Alai had deposited to be refunded.
As previously reported, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) had raised concerns over the blogger’s decision to share the photos online demanding that he pulls them down.
On Monday, June 17, 2019, National Police Service (NPS) released a statement accusing Alai of leading other social media users to perpetuate terrorism by sharing images of the officers who were killed by the terror group.
“It is very disappointing to note that some individuals have opted to callously disregard common decency of showing to the departed and their families.
The unfeeling act of posting pictures of our fallen heroes online by one blogger is very unfortunate and inhuman. This is a glorification of terror which is tantamount to supporting the same,” said the police.
Police spokesperson Charles Owino said four bodies of the slain officers were ferried to Nairobi while one who survived the attack was undergoing treatment in a Nairobi hospital.