The high court has issued a directive to bar the Inspector General of Police and Director of Criminal Investigation from posting photos of suspects on social media.

Justice Wilfrida Okwany issued the order following a petition that was filled by a Nairobi resident Henry Shitanda who argued that publishing of suspects booking photos before they are proven guilty in court is against the law. He added that it also a violation of the suspects constitutional right to privacy.

Mr. Shitanda said that the photos posted online remain there permanently and may later have negative consequences on the suspect’s professional and personal development if acquitted. He argued that the photos can be used by other people to solicit for money for its removal from the internet.

“A conservatory order is hereby issued restraining the Inspector General of police and the Director of Criminal Investigations from posting suspects and accused persons booking photographs on the internet pending the determination of this case,” said Justice Okwany.