In Summary
  • Defence lawyer Evans Ondieki applied for the release of the eight Pakistani girls, saying they were in Kenya legally.
  • Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot freed them after being furnished with special permits issued by Culture Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.
  • The magistrate ordered their release to Nadeem Khan, the proprietor of an NGO known as Blue Heart, which campaigns against human trafficking and child abuse.
  • The human trafficking suspects in the case are Safendra Kumar Sonwani, the owner of Balle Ballle Club, and his manager Mika Osichiro.

A magistrate has ordered eight girls from Pakistan flown into the country as cultural dancers be kept in a safe house to enable police establish whether they are victims of human trafficking.

Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot, sitting at the Milimani Law Courts, gave the order after being furnished with special permits issued to the eight foreign girls by Culture Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

LEGAL STAY

Defence lawyer Evans Ondieki told Mr Cheruiyot that the eight girls, who were arrested at Balle Balle Club at Parklands on January 1, “are in the country legally with the full permission of CS Echesa".

Mr Ondieki said the cultural dancers were allowed to enter into the country by Mr Echesa to promote trans-national cultures.

The lawyer pleaded with the magistrate to release the girls to be detained in a safe house where police can access them whenever they want as they investigate the owner of the club, who flew them into Kenya.

“On humanitarian grounds, I urge this court to release these girls as they have not bathed for the last one week, health rules require women to fresh up and bath as many times as they can afford,” Mr Ondieki told the magistrate.

SPECIAL PASSES

The lawyer further said it was regretful that police were stifling Mr Echesa's order that allowed the girls to perform in Kenya up to January 18.

He said each of them paid the Immigration Department Sh45,000 to be issued with special passes.

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