42 suspects charged with the loss of 468 million shillings at the National Youth Service (NYS) have been granted bail by High Court.
While delivering the much awaited ruling, Judge Hedwig Ong’udi however granted the bail application with tough conditions for the suspects, including limiting travel out of Nairobi without permission from the courts.
The suspects who have been in remand prison pending the hearing of their case have been released on a Ksh1M cash bail or Ksh5M bond and a surety of Ksh2M each.
They have been ordered to deposit their travel documents with the court and report to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offices once a week.
The conditions include:
- Reporting to DCI’s office once every week
- Not to make contact with any NYS staff or witnesses
- Not to go to their former offices unless accompanied by a police officer
- Attend court without fail
The suspects were denied bail two weeks ago after it emerged that they were a threats to peace and national security.
Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti ruled that the gravity of their charges and its impact to the economy is a compelling reason to deny them bail.
The accused persons include Gender PS Lillian Omollo and NYS director general Richard Ndubai.
Ogoti said the offences pose a serious threat to the financial health of the country, hence can lead to anarchy, are a threat to peace and national security.
The suspects however appealed the ruling which has now been quashed by the high court.