Blogger Robert Alai arrested in Nairobi

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Nairobi-based blogger Robert Alai has been arrested by the police for allegedly sharing pictures of policemen killed in Sunday’s terror attack in Wajir.

He was picked on Tuesday morning by officers from the DCI and driven to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Headquarters for questioning.

Alai’s woes begun on Monday when the NCIC requested him to pull down gruesome images of the officers killed in the attack.

This is after Police Spokesman Charles Owino warned internet users against circulating the images terming the act unpatriotic and a glorification of the actions of Al-Shaabab.

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A statement from the police read in part: “The unfeeling act of posting pictures of our fallen heroes online by one blogger is very unfortunate and inhuman. This is glorification of terror which is tantamount to supporting the same. It is also a cold-hearted display of insensitivity to families of the deceased, the NPS fraternity and the entire nation of Kenya.”

“Whereas Mr Alai has the freedom of expression, such publications can be interpreted as propaganda for war which is not protected under the Constitution of Kenya,” The NCIC noted.

Alai later pulled down the photos and accused the government of neglecting the police.

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