Nakuru West MP Arama acquitted charges in land fraud case

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Nakuru West MP Arama acquitted charges in land fraud case
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Nakuru West Member of Parliament Samuel Arama acquitted of graft related charges in a suspected land fraud case.

Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti ruled that the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence linking the legislature and two other suspects in the fraud case.

The prosecution suffered a major setback in its attempt to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Nakuru West Member of Parliament alongside two other suspects were guilty of graft charges.

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In acquitting the three, Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti cited lack of evidence on the prosecution side and ordered that their 1 million shillings cash bail deposited to the court be refunded to accused persons.

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In the case, the three were charged with abuse of office, fraudulent acquisition of land in Nakuru and conspiracy to defraud a businessman.

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The prosecution claimed that Arama conspired with three others to defraud Ahmed Muhammad Nisar by dispossessing him a plot in August 2015.

Meanwhile, a suspect has on Friday been arraigned in court and charged for evading tax amounting to Ksh 30 million.

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David Ngari Nderitu while earning taxable income trading as Aberdare Solutions omitted Ksh 30 million from the company’s value-added tax returns.

He denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of 100,000 shillings or an alternative bond of 500,000 shillings with the mention of the case set for 10th Dec 2019.

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