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High Court Bars Police From Using Live Bullets, Teargas, Water Cannons & Arresting, Abducting Protesters

Police officers were blocked from also using live ammunition, rubber bullets or other crude weapons or draconian measures against those demonstrating in any form of protests.

The High Court has issued a directive barring the National Police Service from using water cannons and teargas to disperse protesters during demonstrations.

Police officers were blocked from also using live ammunition, rubber bullets or other crude weapons or draconian measures against those demonstrating in any form of protests.

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Furthermore, law enforcement was also barred from deploying brute force or any form of violence or committing any extrajudicial killings.

Police were also barred from making arrests, abductions, detentions, harassment, intimidation, torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment against peaceful protesters.

The court issued the directives following a petition filed by Saitabao Ole Kanchory who sought the court’s intervention following the recent brutalities witnessed across the country.

“That having considered the Application and the grounds set out therein I find that the Petitioner has demonstrated that the Petition is arguable and not frivolous. Second, he has demonstrated that unless the orders sought are granted the Petition, were it to succeed, would be rendered nugatory.

“And third and most critical, the Petitioner has demonstrated that it is in the public interest that the orders sought are granted. In light of the foregoing, I am satisfied that the tests for the grant of conservatory orders have been met,” the ruling read in part.

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