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Kenya jail frees 100-year-old woman

By Ed Thomas
BBC News, Kenya

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image captionThe woman was sent to jail near Nairobi in a case involving a land dispute

A 100-year-old woman has been freed from a Kenyan prison after a national campaign for her release.

Margaret Ngima was jailed at Embu prison last week for contempt of court after failing to pay a fine of 100,000 Kenyan shillings (£780; $1,000).

The great-grandmother was accused of ignoring a court order in a land dispute with another family.

Her case caused outrage in Kenya, with her fine eventually paid for by Nairobi senator Mike Sonko.

The senator also sent what he described as a "rescue squad" to secure her release, one week into a three-month sentence.

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