40 YEARS OF OLYMPIC SERVICE SOILED AT RIO; ATHLETICS MANAGER ROTICH TO APPEAR BEFORE ANTI NARCOTICS AGENCY.

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Lawyer Ham Lagat with his client thletics Manager Michael Kosgei Rotich at Milimani law Court’s.
BY NT CORRESPONDENT IN RIO.

Athletics Manager Michael Kosgei Rotich should appear before the Anti-narcotics agency today and Thursdays.

The order was made last week when he was released for allegedly attempting to solicit bribes to tell athletes about doping procedures at Rio.

Before he was deported from Rio Olympics, Rotich was in charge of the field and track team.

He was released on Friday for a cash bail of Sh200,000 or a Sh 1 million bond.

Mr Rotich lawyer's and family member's after he was released from police custody.
Mr Rotich lawyer’s and family member’s after he was released from police custody.

While giving him freedom, Justice Luka Kimaru also ordered Rotich not to contact any witness or interfere with ongoing investigations.

“Am certified to grant your client bail if ksh200,000 or bond of 1million.” Ruled Judge Kimaru.

“The high court has nourished the spirit and the letter of constitution which was initially subverted by trial court” said Mr Felix Kiprono Matagei.

Rotich was to be detained for 28 days.

The lower court had directed that he be held in custody to give police more time to travel overseas to interview journalists who linked him to doping bribery claims.

Rotich is accused of demanding money to give warnings about doping tests.

Mr Rotich before the court.
Mr Rotich before the court.

Nairobi Magistrate Christine Njagi while detaining him said, “Kenya should take the lead since its flag is flown high by its citizens who participate in international sporting activities.”

Rotich has served athletics in Kenya for over 40 years.

The court also heard that Rotich, a  former Army Major is diabetic and should be allowed to see his family doctor.

His defence lawyer also want the Magistrate recuse herself from hearing the matter.

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