Sixteen suspects – including motorcycle taxi riders or ‘bodaboda’ riders – who had been arrested for sexually assaulting a female motorist in Kenya’s capital have been freed by a court.
The main suspect in the case, Zachariah Nyaora Obadia, was however charged on Monday.
According to the prosecution, it had no evidence to charge the 16 suspects who were arrested and detained some two weeks ago.
Obadia was arrested days later at a border-point as he attempted to flee to neighboring Tanzania.
The suspects had been accused of publicly assaulting the female diplomat on a busy road in Nairobi.
A video of the incident was widely circulated on social media, showing the woman screaming for help as she was stripped of her clothes and groped.
The incident pushed the head of state into issuing an order for a crackdown against rogue motorbike riders amid condemnation and calls for better regulation of the industry.