GICHERU AND OKEMO TO FACE EXTRADITION CASE AFTER FAILING TO BLOCK IT.

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Former  Kenya Power and Lighting Company Samwel Gichuru with his wife leaving Milimani law courts after theylost bid to block extradition proceedings pending before  Nairobi Chief Magistrate’s court.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Former  Kenya Power and Lighting Company Samwel Gichuru and  Chris Okemo has lost bid to block extradition proceedings pending before  Nairobi Chief Magistrate’s court.

Justice Isaac Lenaola, said  the  proceedings were properly instituted by the  director of public prosecution and any  claim the two may want to raise can be done  before the trial court.

 The judge said the  hearing  of the criminal case be  done expeditiously, has he matter  been pending since 2013.
Okemo  and Gichuru  had opposed the request by Jersey  authorities where theyare wanted to answer to  fraud  charges
They had submitted their lawyers Fred Ngatia and  Geirshon Ottachi that criminal charges are being brought against them more then  20 years and the same can’t stand by law.

 The court heard  that the length delay is inexcusable given time the alleged  offence may have  been committed.
They  said  the  government ought to have been aware of the said activities which said to have taken place in 1986.

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The lawyers submitted that  the court should  not allow the law to be applied retroactively, saying that the state can not claim that it  was not aware of the  offence alleged to have been committed by Okemo and Gichuru while they were serving the  government.
” What was  state doing for decades now the delay in inexcusable  when the petition’s funds were frozen about five years ago”they said.
This is the second time Gichuru and Okemo have  lost their bid  to have the case quashed, first trhey lost a preliminary objection raised  before Magistrate  court  in which they  challenged the authority signed by the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobkiko to commence extradition proceedings.

 The two are wanted  by the Jersey authorities to face Sh900 million money-laundering charges.
They are out on Sh1 million cash bail its  alleged  that they received bribes from international companies between 1999 and 2002.

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