Kenya police tear gas protesters over close of 4 TV stations

A Kenyan opposition lawyer, Miguna Miguna, has been charged with treason over the mock "swearing in" as president of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

A charge sheet seen by Capital FM News outlines three charges-binding Odinga to commit treason, being a member of the outlawed National Resistance Movement and organising an illegal assembly at Uhuru Park where the oath was taken. Miguna Miguna was taken from his Nairobi home to a police station, the NASA coalition wrote on its Twitter feed.

Privately owned Citizen Television reported that Miguna had refused to plead to the charges he faced, saying his case had to be heard before a judge in Nairobi who had issued an order for his present to his court on Tuesday.

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They had wanted wanted Minority leader, John Mbadi, and other NASA leasers to go to Kajiado and stop addressing the press in Nairobi on Miguna's release.

The government ignored court orders to restore the remaining two stations' transmission and to release opposition activist Miguna Miguna. Police used tear gas and fired warning shots to disperse them. He was granted bail of 50,000 Kenyan shillings ($500) but has remained in police custody with his whereabouts unknown - something Kenya's lawyers' association said breached his rights. County Revenue Supervisor Frank Omondi confirmed the death.

The government suspended the passports of 14 opposition leaders including strategist David Ndii and financier Maina Wanjigi. A government official, who asked not to be named, confirmed its authenticity.

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Kenyatta won the August election, and won the repeat election in October as well after Odinga boycotted it, complaining it would not be fair.

The free-to-watch channels which were shut down are still not back on air.Furthermore, the opposition claims their MPs and prominent voices are being arrested and held "incommunicado."The Kenyan government has so far declined to comment about the TV station shutdown despite numerous requests from CNN".

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