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Freed After 36 Years, Prisoner Alleges Torture

July 11, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A Kenyan freed after 36 years in jail for the murder of a politician said he became one of Africa's longest-serving political prisoners on the basis of a false confession extracted under torture.

Kisilu Mutua, 56, who says he was framed for the 1965 killing of nationalist politician Pio Gama Pinto, told a news conference a week after his release that torture was a "normal practice" in Kenyan prisons.

Kenyan officials have denied torturing convicts. The United Nations has expressed concern over the alleged practice.

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