NAIROBI – Kenya’s Constitutional Court court on Monday threw out parts of a new anti-terrorism law, including restrictions on the media, but left most of it intact, including a provision allowing police to hold terrorism suspects for a year without charge.

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The ruling was a partial setback for President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has faced pressure to boost security after a series of Islamist attacks, including one on a Nairobi shopping mall in 2013 that killed 67 people.

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An opposition coalition and rights groups had challenged the law, which was passed in December, saying it was hasty and undermined basic freedoms.

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The court threw out a measure that would have allowed media organizations to be punished if they printed material “likely to cause fear or alarm”, and also a cap on the number of refugees allowed into Kenya.

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But it kept intact provisions that allow suspects to be held without charge for 360 days, rather than 90, and compel landlords to provide information about their tenants.

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Mwangi Njoroge, a lawyer with the attorney general’s office, said the government was considering an appeal.

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“We want to examine in detail the sections declared … unconstitutional,” he said.

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga said he planned an appeal to try to have the rest of the bill thrown out.

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The law was passed during a chaotic session of parliament in which opposition legislators, citing a threat to civil liberties and free speech, threw books at the speaker, shouted, chanted and sprinkled water over his deputy.

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In its ruling, the five-judge constitutional panel described that scene as a “loud consultation” and found that the process had not raised constitutional problems.

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Patrick Gathara, a political cartoonist and commentator, said that, at first sight, the ruling appeared to imply “a lot of reliance on government assurances that there wouldn’t be abuses”.

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Nine foreign missions in Kenya, including those of the United States, Britain, France,Germany, Canada and Australia, issued a statement before the bill passed, saying they supported moves to improve security but that human rights should also be respected. – Reuters