An American man who was arrested last weekend for allegedly taking photos of parliament buildings in Nairobi claims that he was sexually assaulted while in a police cell.
Jason Thomas Dorsey made the claims when he appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi on Tuesday.
Dorsey was arrested on Sunday and locked at Parliament Police Station for allegedly filming Parliament, a restricted area.
Magistrate Andayi directed Nairobi Central DCIO to investigate Dorsey’s claims that he was sexually assaulted by police while in custody and present a report to the court on Thursday, August 29th.
Dorsey was charged with taking photos of a restricted area and assaulting a police officer while performing his duty.
While denying the charges, Dorsey told the court that he only touched the officer in self-defense as they were confiscating his headphones. He alleged that he was sexually assaulted while in the police cell and denied medical treatment.
The magistrate further ordered Jason, who is not represented, be transferred from Parliament Police Station to Central Police Station and be given medical attention.
The accused told the court that he ran out of cash and that he cannot afford to hire an attorney. He asked the magistrate to direct the State to get him a lawyer.
The magistrate told Dorsey to write a formal letter addressed to State indicating why he is not able to hire an attorney. The magistrate said the accused risks being jailed for five years if found guilty of the charges.