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Judge orders investigation into torture allegations by Kenyan murder suspects

[JURIST] A Kenyan judge Wednesday called for medical examinations of six suspects who allege they were tortured by police in the murder investigation of Roman Catholic Bishop Luigi Locati [Wikipedia profile], who was shot to death in July. The men claim that the police burned them with cigarettes, suspended them upside down, denied food and water, and beat them. The judge ordered that a police doctor examine the men with their lawyers present and report to the court within six days. The six murder suspects, including Kenyan Catholic priest Reverend Guyo Wako Malley, have been charged with Bishop Locati's death as part of an alleged plan to redirect church funds from the bishop to Rev. Malley's office. All the men have pleaded not guilty and a trial date has not yet been set. AP has more; from Nairobi, The Nation has local coverage. Police brutality and torture have been alleged to be commonplace in Kenya [Irish Examirer report].

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