COURT HALT PROSECUTION IN SH700 NYS SCAM.

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Businessman Benson Gethi one of the 11 individuals accused of being involved in rooting NYS millions at Milimani law courts during the mention of the case..
BY SAM ALFAN.
A Nairobi court has halted the prosecution of 11 individuals said to been involved in rooting NYS millions.
Justice George Odunga issued the orders following an application by one of the suspects Patrick Onyango Ogolla who says that their prosecution is unlawful.

Ogolla told the high court that the intended criminal charge should be halted pending
hearing and determination of his case.

The suspects who had been summoned to appear before Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo failed to turn up following the orders of the high court.

The move prompted the prosecution to apply for an extension of the summons.
The prosecution sought for more time to move to the high court to seek interpretation of the orders of justice Odunga.

The case will be mentioned on March 18 to confirm the status of the orders. The summons were extended against the 11 suspects until March 18 2016.

This is to allow the prosecution verifies the order by the high court.

The suspects include Benson Gethi and Josephine Kabura Irungu, John Kago Ndung’u, Charity Wambui Gethi, Samuel Wachenje, alias Sam Mwadime, and Patrick Ogolla Onyango.

Others are Anthony Gethi Kihara, Paul Kinuthia Gachoka, John Hope Vandamme, Martin Gachara Wanjohi, and Jedidah Wangari Wangui.

On September 25 last year, DPP Keriako Tobiko directed the Department of Criminal Investigations to carry out further investigations into possible money laundering involving the Sh 791 million alleged to have been stolen from NYS.

On January 21, 2016, the Banking Fraud investigation unit submitted that they sent the inquiry file on the said investigations to the DPP.

“Having perused the resubmitted inquiry file, the DPP is satisfied that the evidence establishes the offence of money laundering contrary to Section 3 and 4 of the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering Act….the DPP has therefore directed that the suspects be charged accordingly..

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