By Reuben Githinji
Six illegal immigrants from Ethiopian have been held at the Embu police station for two weeks, despite finishing their six-month jail terms.
The Star has established that the immigrants, who completed their jail terms at the Embu prison for illegal stay, have been in the police cells since January 9.
The court had ordered that they be repatriated to their country after completing their sentences.
Sources said the prison authorities handed the immigrants over to the police to be escorted to Moyale then to Ethiopia.
The sources said to avoid complications, police have sought a court order to continue holding the immigrants until they are deported.
Embu West deputy police boss Terry Muchemi said the immigrants are being held at the station due to delay in completing the logistics for deportation by the immigration department.
“I’ve just come from the immigration department to pursue the issue. We hope soon the arrangements will be complete so that they can be escorted to their country. They cannot be let free after their sentences are over,” he said.
She said recently they escorted about 200 illegal immigrants to Ethiopia.