Mr. D.N. Pritt, Q.C., British lawyer, was filmed by Visnews leaving Nairobi law courts after?
Mr. D.N. Pritt, Q.C., British lawyer, was filmed by Visnews leaving Nairobi law courts after Feb 7 sitting. Mr. Pritt is defending Rawson Mbogwa Macharia accused of making false affidavit in the Jomo Kenyatta trial of 1952. Macharia pleads "not guilty".
Mau-Mau organizer Kenyatta was jailed for seven years, mainly on Macharia's evidence. The prosecution alleges that Macharia and other witnesses were bribed to give evidence against Kenyatta. This is denied, although one witness, admitted receiving land, after the trial, from the Government.
In cross-examination the Kenya chief of special police, Supt. Ian Henderson, was asked whether the police had "schooled" any witnesses - told them what to say in evidence. This was denied. Henderson said that witnesses were taken to a camp at Nyeri for their own protection and not for intimidation. In reply to Mr. J. Marnan, Q.C. prosecuting counsel, the Superintendent said that 36 witnesses were murdered by Mau Mau before special steps were taken Nov 11 1952.