Former Justice Minister Martha Karua
Martha Karua is accused of being the architect behind the arrest of Justice GBM Kariuki when she Justice Minister.
According to the Judge of Court of Appeal, Martha Karua was miffed when he ended their relationship. Justice Kariuki was accused of “attempting to cause the death of Robert Karori by stabbing him in the stomach by (sic) a sharp object on October 18, 2008 along Kabete Road in Spring Valley”.
The then Justice Minister, and the Attorney General, pressured the investigating officers to have the judge arrested and locked up although there was no sufficient evidence to support a murder charge.
The Judge, who was acquitted for lack of evidence and awarded Sh5 million, told the Chief Magistrate that his troubles started when he ended his love affair with Martha Karua.
His judgement read in part:
“His arrest was affected by police officers in not less than two vehicles who were armed with AK47 rifles in the company of the press.
Instead of ringing the bell, the police officers climbed over the gate, hence his contention that the arrest was made in a commando style. On being arrested, the plaintiff was taken to Gigiri and thereafter to Kamukunji Police Station.
“It was during his incarceration that he learned that the incident was instigated by then Minister for Justice, Martha Karua, who then sent her lawyer, Steve Njiru to confirm that he was being humiliated in the manner desired by the said Minister who also instructed the Attorney General to ensure prosecution was mounted.
“According to the plaintiff, he was made to understand that the PCIO (Provincial Criminal Investigation Officer) was under pressure from both the Attorney General and the Minister for Justice. The police admitted that the charge of attempted murder was a hoax and this was confirmed by the findings of the trial court.”
“asked about the Minister for Justice, the plaintiff disclosed that the Minister was his friend of many years and was getting back at him for having walked out on her.
Asked why he did not sue her, the plaintiff said that she was the minister and it was the State that had mounted his prosecution. Asked who the minster was, the plaintiff disclosed that it was Hon Martha Karua.”