In Summary
  • The four are Deng Hailan, suspected to have caned the Kenyan waiter, Chang Yueping, Ou Qiang and Yu Ling.
  • Milimani Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwany said on Monday that they will be detained for that period, pending the court's ruling on whether to give police 21 days to complete the probe.
  • At the KRA, the detectives will establish whether the foreigners had been filing tax returns, while at Nairobi County, they will check licensing of their restaurant business.
  • The detectives also want to establish whether the four are in Kenya illegally.

Four Chinese migrant workers who were arrested after a widely circulated video showed one caning a Kenyan worker in Nairobi will remain have been remanded three days.

The four are Deng Hailan, suspected to have caned the Kenyan waiter, Chang Yueping, Ou Qiang and Yu Ling.

Milimani Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwani said on Monday that they will be detained for that period, pending the court's ruling on whether to give police 21 days to complete the probe.

Simon Osako Silo filed a report at the local police station, accusing Deng of assaulting him on February 2 for reporting late to work.

He also said he was dismissed without pay.

KEY QUESTIONS

The Chinese nationals were arrested alongside eight Kenyans, after officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) raided the establishment on Sunday.

They were taken to Kilimani Police Station for interrogation.

Corporal Noah Kiplagat, from Kilimani DCI office, said the suspects will likely face charges of causing bodily harm and conducting business in Kenya without valid immigration documents.

The officer further said the investigation, which has been extended to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), is focused on the suspects' failure to comply with conditions imposed by a tourist visa.

At the KRA, the detectives will establish whether the foreigners had been filing tax returns, while at Nairobi County, they will check licensing of their restaurant business.

The detectives also want to establish whether the four are in Kenya illegally.

Mr Kiplagat further noted that they were yet to trace the complainant and record his statement since he went home after been dismissed.

WORK PERMITS

While seeking the 21-day detention, the officer added that the foreigners were likely to interfere with witnesses and were flight risks.

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