AI NEWS: NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER RECEIVED DEATH THREATS

The winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Wangari Maathai, has received death threats following her plea to Kenyan political leaders to reach a peaceful agreement.

On 19 February, Professor Maathai was sent three death threats by text message which read, "Because of your opposing the government at all times, we have decided to look for your head very soon.."

Two people working for her received similar threats, the threats were signed "Mungiki", the name of an outlawed gang mainly of Kikuyu ethnicity, that has claimed responsibility for beheadings and other murders involving mutilation.

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