BUSIA GANG RAPE ALLOWED TO PROCEED TO COURT WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY

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Author: COVAW

JOINT PRESS RELEASE
06/02/2014

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) jointly with the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) and FIDA-Kenya releases this joint press statement to update the public on progress in the Busia sexual violence matter known as the ‘Justice For Liz’ case.

On Monday 3rd February 2014, the aforementioned parties met to discuss the progress of this matter. After constructive discussions it was agreed that: the case proceeds to court without further delay, the medical evidence supports charges of sexual violence, COVAW will arrange for a report from Liz’s psycho social support and will continue to ensure that Liz and her family receive psycho social support as appropriate, COVAW will act as intermediaries for Liz. he The ODPP has taken up the issue of protection for Liz and her family with the Witness Protection Agency (WIPA) and the Police.

Further, the parties noted that the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) is conducting an investigation into the conduct of the Administrative Police in question.

We the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), FIDA- Kenya and the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) together with other long supporting partners including FEMNET, Avaaz and Equality Now wish to emphasize our conviction and great resolve to end violence against women, girls or indeed any other person.

We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that survivors of sexual and gender based violence are supported through the criminal justice system.

For further information please contact muthoni.njuguna@covaw.or.ke

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2 responses »

  1. Weare following Liz’s case with keen interest here in Malawi. we want justice to take its course and the case to reach to its logical conclusion. A lot of sexual violence cases are most often handled softly especially when dealt with by male magistrates/judges. They pronounce lenient judgment despite the injury caused. What is forgotten is that such experiences are traumatic and only get out of the survivor’s psych when she dies. We are following and will help us to set a standard for Malawi too!

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