Police call on witness who says ICROSS director sexually abused him
By Michael O’Farrell
ONE of the key witnesses in the case against Michael Meegan was questioned by Kenyan police yesterday. The incident followed requests by this paper to the Kenyan police about the status of the criminal investigation into allegations of Meegan’s sexual abuse of young men. The witness, Maasai tribesman Meriape Ole Sangaire said he was questioned by Kenyan CID officers at a station out of the blue yesterday. . Meriape stands over statements he made to police previously. Last year ICROSS Kenya tried to have him arrested for making statements against Mr Meegan in the lead up to last year’s High Court case. Speaking yesterday he said: ‘I’m a little bit scared. I’m still getting threats.’ In his court statement last year he said Mr Meegan began ‘harassing me by touching me continually’ as far back as 1986. ‘I asked him not to but he continued, telling me I had sexy buttocks and telling me to touch his secret parts. ‘I became Meegan’s first victim, I realise now. One night he pulled me into his bedroom and tried to force me to take off my trousers, trying to rip them off me. I resisted him, but although I was strong he was stronger. Even now I have problems with sex. Everything he did to me was against my customs, my family, my Christian religion. It was a terrible abuse.’ The statement, backed up by a sworn affidavit, also included allegations of caning. ‘He said if I needed money I should let him cane me. He forced me to partially strip and he caned me. I was angry and wanted to hit him but I knew I would end up in jail. He was the powerful white man and the police would believe him, not me,’ his statement said. ‘He gave me Ksh1,000. I still have the scars on my buttock and inner thigh. I wanted to go back to the police and insist they arrest him but I was worried that he was bribing someone and I would be arrested instead of him.’ Meriape’s statement also made the court aware of alleged deceptive practices at ICROSS. ‘He started telling everyone that he was “living with the Maasai”. This was a lie, he was living in a house. He never slept in a manyatta [Maasai community] in his whole time in Kenya.’ Mr Meegan’s legal presentation included claims that Meriape has twice previously admitted making false claims. This was denied by Meriape in an affidavit, shown to the court, saying Meegan’s claims were untrue and documents used to back them up – which used an incorrect ID number and even spelt Meriape’s name wrong – were forgeries.
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