By Grace Maina
Three National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) officials have on Wednesday denied charges of stealing fraudulent appropriation of Nike kits and conveyance of monetary instruments.
Among the officials is Kenya’s Chief de Mission to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Stephen arap Soi who has denied four counts of stealing 234,000$, 18,000$, 3,000$ and 1,000$ respectively and a fifth alternative count of conveyance of monetary equipment’s valued at 234,000$ amounting to over ksh25m.
Others include Secretary General, Francis Paul Kinyili and NOCK vice chairman, Pius Ochieng who have denied charges of fraudulent appropriation of team Kenya’s Nike kits.
Their lawyers argue that the accused persons are not a flight risk and will not interfere with investigations which are already completed.
They said that the witnesses are police officers according to their statements and therefore are not possible for ordinary people to interfere with them.
Prosecution wants accused persons denied bail or given stringent terms since it emerged that one of the accused, Mr. Soi has been interfering with investigations and contacting supposed witnesses and want the accused to surrender their travel documents (passports).
The Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo, however declined to give orders barring them from accessing their work premises as prayed by the prosecution arguing that they must work but gave orders that they must not interfere with witnesses.
The trio who were earlier on freed on Sh200, 000 cash bail, were set to be released on Sh1million bond each as the magistrate ordered that the accused deposit their passports to the court and only get them on an application in case of need.
The hearing is scheduled for October 24th 2016.