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Kenyan Policeman Shoots Magistrate in Open Courtroom
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A Kenyan magistrate has been shot and injured by a senior police officer during an open court session in the capital, Nairobi. The incident occurred after Makadara Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti made a ruling that reportedly involved the policeman’s wife. The officer was angered by the court’s decision to cancel bail for his wife, leading him to open fire on the magistrate, injuring her.

In response, other officers in the court immediately acted, with one shooting the offending policeman, resulting in his death. Three other officers were injured in the process, according to a police situation report. The magistrate and the injured officers are currently being treated in the hospital.

The judiciary explained that the magistrate had canceled the bond for an accused person who had jumped bail and failed to provide a satisfactory explanation. As soon as this decision was announced, the officer, who is married to the suspect, shot at the magistrate, injuring her on the hip.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing. The judiciary has pledged to enhance security measures and assured judicial staff and court users of their safety. Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Winfridah Mokaya expressed wishes for the magistrate’s quick recovery and extended condolences to the family of the officer who lost his life in the incident.

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