Kenya deports British human rights defender

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Posted: May 11, 2011 10:17 AM
Kenya deports British human rights defender

A Kenyan official says a British human rights investigator looking into the illegal deportations and detentions of terror suspects from Kenya to Uganda has herself been deported.

Hassan Omar Hassan of the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights says lawyer Clara Gutteridge was deported Wednesday on government orders.

Gutteridge was investigating alleged abuses by Kenyan authorities who arrested and held eight suspects longer than allowed by law, then deported them to Uganda without court orders. Kenyan courts have said the deportations were illegal.

Authorities accused the eight of involvement in a July bomb attack in Uganda that killed 76 people. The attack was claimed by the Somali militant group al-Shabab.