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Activists throw court into chaos

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An activist on Wednesday shocked a Nairobi court when he insulted a magistrate, prompting a gasp of disbelief from everybody in the courtroom.Mr Okiya Okoiti Omtata told principal magistrate Grace Macharia “not to be used like a condom” to provoke them by sitting to hear a case against a group of activists.This led to a bitter reaction from the magistrate who warned Mr Omtata risked jailing for contempt of court.Mr Omtata and his group disrupted business at the Milimani Law Court, where they had been brought to answer public disturbance charges.Proceedings in other courtrooms ground to a halt when the 31 activists, arrested on Tuesday in Nairobi for breach of the peace were led from the basement cells to a magistrate’s court, where they were joined by civil society groups who had camped at the premises since morning.The group broke into song, to the dismay of court officials and police officers who could only watch helplessly.Thereafter, the activists passed a long chain around themselves and turned the court into a public baraza(meeting)...Click http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Activists+throw+court+into+chaos+/-/1056/1205048/-/pxx44wz/-/index.html