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Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK
Kenyan girl withdraws minister rape case

A Kenyan girl has applied to withdraw her case against a cabinet minister whom she has accused of raping her when she was a minor four years ago.

In a written affidavit to the court, the girl Florence Mpayei said she was dropping the case because she believed it was being used by the Kenyan federation of women lawyers to settle political scores with the her alleged rapist, the minister of state for defence, Justus Sunkuli.

The case gained publicity partly due to the efforts of the American priest, John Kaiser, who was murdered last Thursday .

Father Kaiser was an outspoken critic of the Kenyan government and its human rights record.

He was buried buried earlier today in his parish in a small village Lologorian northwest of the capital, Nairobi.

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