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Court Acquits Man Who Refused State Official A Ride

September 27, 1988

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ The High Court has overturned the conviction of a man who was sentenced to three months in jail for refusing to pick up a government official whose car had broken down, newspapers reported Tuesday.

The court said Monday that the magistrate who tried Peter Kitavi Makau had no jurisdiction to deal with the case, the newspapers said.

Makau, 36, an air-conditioning technician, was driving a company car on June 8 when he was flagged down by provincial Commissioner Mohamed Yusuf Haji. Haji’s government car had broken down and he asked Makau for a ride.

When he refused, Haji reported the incident to police who arrested Makau.

The defendant was convicted of undermining the authority of a public officer and sentenced to prison. He was released on bond after appealing to High Court, which overturned his conviction and sentence Monday.

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