Kenya police beat, killed gang members

Associated Press/September 23, 2008

Nairobi, Kenya - A Kenyan human rights body says police have committed "crimes against humanity" against the country's most notorious gang.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights says in a report released Tuesday that political leaders and senior police officers directed the police to extort, beat and kill nearly 500 members of the Mungiki gang over the past year.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe is disputing the report. He says an internal investigation has debunked the claims.

Mungiki is made up of young men from the Kikuyu tribe. The tribe is Kenya's largest.

Kenyan authorities say the group is actively involved in organized crime, theft and hired killings. The group is known to kill its adversaries through beheadings.

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