Court dismisses Sonko’s bid to stop Ksh 357m graft case

Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s bid to stop his prosecution in the Ksh 357 million graft case has been dismissed by the Anti-corruption court.

Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti ruled that the governor will have to answer to charges levelled against him even as the prosecution indicated plans to prefer fresh graft-related charges against the embattled county chief.

Embattled Nairobi governor Mike Sonko will be put to his defence in the 19 counts of graft-related charges facing him on the alleged loss of Ksh 327 million from City Hall.

This is after his bid to have the charges quashed hit a dead end.

The anti-corruption court found no offence by the prosecution over claims by Sonko that the evidence relied on by the Director of Public Prosecutions was illegally obtained and cannot stand.

In his petition, Governor Sonko wanted the court to drop all charges against him saying the detectives violated his right to be notified of the intention to investigate his bank accounts.

The development coming at a time the director of public prosecutions wants Sonko to take plea to fresh graft charges.

The prosecution argues that the embattled county chief alongside two other suspects will not suffer any prejudice if they take plea an argument strongly objected by the defence team.

Sonko had argued that the prosecution had used illegal means to acquire evidence against him.

The evidence in question is in relation to how EACC detectives acquired information about his numerous bank accounts.

  

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