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Court orders Kenyan government to pay $460k to victims of rendition

A lawyer says a Kenyan court has awarded compensation to 11 victims of the largest illegal deportation of terrorism suspects in Africa to countries with appalling human rights records.

Mbugua Mureithi said Thursday that suspects deported to those countries were illegally detained, tortured and interrogated for long periods by security agents including from the CIA.

The lawyer says Judge Mumbi Ngugi ordered the Kenya government to pay nearly $460,000 as restitution and ruled that their 2007 deportation from Kenya to Somalia and finally Ethiopia were unlawful and unconstitutional.

Mbugua said the court announced the judgment Wednesday but the written report will be released Thursday.

The victims, eight Kenyans, two Tanzanians and a Rwandan, were part of a group more than 100 caught sneaking into Kenya from Somalia.