By KBC Reporter
Suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi has termed bribery allegations facing him as “fiction, a thriller and an irritating thing” that never took place.
During a cross examination of a witness Geoffrey Kiplagat by the tribunal formed to investigate bribery allegations against the suspended judge through his lawyer Fred Ngatia, the judge denied ever holding meetings meant to facilitate the issuance of the bribe.
Kiplagat filed an affidavit claiming that the judge received a 200 shillings million bribe from Governor Evans Kidero to rule in his favour during an election petition.
Ngatia who was cross-examining the accuser sought to understand how the he knew the said briefcase contained the money yet he personally admitted that he hadn’t seen its content.
Ngatia demanded that the briefcase be “scientifically” tested by the tribunal to determine if it was able to fit through the window of a Mercedes Benz and being passed back through the gap between the two front seats as alleged by the accuser.
The tribunal had to hold an off camera status conference in the afternoon to decide when Kiplagat will be recalled once his testimony has been scientifically proven.
The tribunal, is chaired by the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board Chairman Sharad Rao. Other tribunal members are Justice Roseline Korir, retired judge Jonathan Havelock and lawyers Judith Guserwa, James Kaberere Gacoka, Abdirashid Abdullahi Hussein and George Munji Wakukha.
The tribunal is investigating claims that Justice Tunoi received a 200 million shilling bribe from Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to influence an election petition filed against him by Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu in his favour.
The tribunal has 14 days to investigate claims against the suspended judge.