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LAWYER ALLOWED TO LEAVE KENYA

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Prominent human rights lawyer Gibson Kamau Kuria was allowed to leave Kenya for London after seeking shelter for five days in the U.S. Embassy to avoid arrest, an embassy spokesman said Thursday.

Kuria's release Wednesday came during a fifth successive day of unrest in the east African nation."Gibson Kamau Kuria left the American embassy and Kenya at 11:45 p.m. last night aboard a regular scheduled airliner. His immediate destination was London," a statement prepared by U.S. Ambassador Smith Hempstone said.

Kuria, a former political detainee and winner of international human rights awards, took refuge in the embassy Saturday after 11 other advocates of multi-party democracy in Kenya were arrested last week. He did not seek political asylum.