Anti-corruption court suspends criminal case against DCJ

The anti-corruption court has suspended criminal proceedings against Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu on orders of the high court.

That means that criminal proceedings against Mwilu over alleged corruption have been temporarily stopped until October 9th when the matter will come up for hearing before High Court judge Chacha Mwita.

Mwilu, who is one of the seven members of the Supreme Court, was arrested after director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji accused her of abusing her office for personal gain.

It was a sigh of relief for Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu as the anti-corruption court formally put to rest the criminal proceedings against her over charges on abuse of office, forgery and unlawful failure to pay tax.

This after lawyers representing the Deputy Chief Justice successfully presented a rectified high court order staying the intended prosecution of Mwilu.

Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi in stopping the proceedings referred the matter to the high court and directed the case to be mentioned on 22 October, two weeks after the matter shall have been mentioned at the high court.

Mwilu who is yet to be charged had obtained an injunction from the high court barring her prosecution pending the hearing and determination of her application arguing that the case facing her is purely a commercial transaction and that there is a scheme to embarrass her and abuse her constitutional rights.

Appearing before the magistrate court, the director of public prosecutions through Alexander Muteti however maintained that Mwilu’s arrest and arraignment in court should not be perceived as an attack on the independence of the judiciary.







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