Billionaire businessman Humphrey kariuki is free to travel abroad after a Nairobi court released two passports belonging to him on Thursday.
Senior Principle Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot directed the passports be released after the businessman voluntarily availed himself after he was summoned to appear in court.
“I direct that his two passports be released to allow him travel abroad as may be necessary but let the accused provide a surety to guarantee his return to court,” Cheruiyot said.
The application for the release of the two passports was presented by his lawyer Cecil Miller who had requested the court to allow kariuki to travel to the US, Europe and Gabon for urgent business engagements beginning Monday next week,
He is also expected to travel again between October and December this year.
“Mr Kariuki showed good conduct by surrendering himself to the DCI after he was summoned and eventually charged,” Mr Miller submitted.
His Kenyan and Cypriot passports had been deposited in court when he was granted bail by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi after he denied tax evasion charges against him.
Kariuki was arraigned in court last month in connection with tax evasion charges amounting to Sh41 billion.
The case will he mentioned on September 26.