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Court suspends probation handed to bhang-in-underwear girl

The High Court in Nairobi has suspended the 18-months probation handed to a Form 4 schoolgirl who was arrested with rolls of bhang hidden in her underwear.

High Court Judge George Odunga set aside the probation period pending the hearing and determination of case in which the girl has sued the police for violating her rights.

The girl was photographed by a police officer with rolls of bhang hidden in her underwear. The photos were subsequently circulated widely on social media

Justice Odunga on Tuesday said the girl’s rights were violated by her nudity being exposed to the public.

The Judge fixed the case to be heard on September 8, 2015.

In the suit, lawyers Duncan Okubasu and Gladys Wamaitha for the girl say her rights to human dignity, security, privacy, access to justice and rights to an accused person were violated.

They also  wanted the court to order the Director of  Public Prosecutions (DPP) to file a criminal case against the police officers who allegedly stripped the girl and exposed her nudity.

Justice Odunga directed the Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to respond to the girl’s case.