MP Sudi charged with hate speech, offensive conduct

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The vocal MP has been barred from making inciteful remarks and addressing rallies

Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi was Wednesday charged before a Nakuru Court with three counts relating to hate speech and offensive conduct.

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Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Lilian Arika, Sudi denied the charges and was released on a 500,000 shillings cash bail or an alternative bond of 1 million shillings and a surety of similar amount.

Sudi faced two counts of hate speech where he is alleged to have used threatening words on social media at an unknown place and on YouTube on September 7, 2020 likely to stir up ethnic tensions. He faced a third count of offensive conduct committed on the same date at an unknown place within the country where he is said to have used abusive words likely to cause a breach of peace.

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Through his defence team, led by lawyers Kipkoech Ngetich and Collins Kiprono, Sudi urged the court to be released on reasonable bond terms saying he was not a flight risk and was willing to attend court proceedings.

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In her ruling, the magistrate adopted the bond terms issued by the High Court releasing the accused on a Ksh. 1 million bonds, surety of the same amount or pay an alternative cash bail of 500,000 shillings.

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The vocal MP was barred from making inciteful remarks likely to cause a breach of peace and incitement pending review by the trial court.

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The pre-trial conferencing has been slated for October 6.

The legislator was released on cash bail last Friday after successfully appealing against a decision by the lower court in Nakuru to detain him for a further seven days to allow police finalize investigations.

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