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Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Kenyan Government about the recent detention of Professor Wangari Maathai by the Kenyan authorities; and if he will make a statement.

Professor Wangari Maathai is one of a number of Kenyan citizens arrested for alleged participation in a press conference held on 10 January at which President Moi was accused of planning an imminent military coup.Professor Maathai has been charged with publishing false rumours under section 66 of the Kenyan penal code and has been released on bail. Her case will be heard on 27 January. She has categorically denied that she was ill-treated while in police custody.