Suspects in the Sh791 million NYS scandal have for a third time forced the court to adjourn a corruption case against them.
The plea was deferred on Wednesday after suspect Martin Gachare filed an application challenging the magistrate’s jurisdiction to charge them.
Others implicated in the case are businessman Ben Gethi, Nairobi businesswoman Josephine Kabura and Gethi’s mother Charity Wangui.
The ten were to plead to 15 counts of money laundering in February and March but skipped court saying they had not received their summonses.
Gachare argued on Wednesday 5 that several petitions on the matter were pending at the High Court.
Milimani chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo adjourned the case after the DPP requested seven days to respond to his application.
The suspects were also given seven days to reply to the DPP’s response after they were enjoined to the application as interested parties.
“For the interest of justice this application should be disposed before further direction is given,” said Ogembo.
Two suspects did not appear in court but sent their lawyers to report that they had not received orders to appear.
The magistrate ordered suspects who claimed they had not received their summonses to appear in court.
“I have noted and hold a firm view that all the accused persons must appear in court without failure or warrants of arrest will be issued against them,” he said.
Gachare’s application will be heard on May 20.
All accused person should appear in court failure to which warrant of arrest will be issued against them.