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Court orders KRA officials in tax evasion syndicate to be detained for two weeks

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BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,13TH MAY 2019-The  court has ordered 38 KRA officials accused of tax evasion  and abuse of office  to be detained  for next  14 days.

The  time will  allow police to conclude investigations. They were given two weeks after  Senior Resident Magistrate Mutio Mayova  turned down the request  by the prosecution  led  by Duncan Ondimu which had wanted the officials detained for 21 days at Central and Kamukunji police stations to enable them conclude investigations ,but the magistrate said this was unreasonable.

The suspects were arrested on May 10 at KRA Domestic Taxes Department (DTD) and Customs and Boarder Control Department (C &BCD).

According to   an affidavit filed by investigating office Arthur Onyango, at  the time of their arrest, their laptops, phones and other electronic gadgets were seized and are yet to be subjected for forensic examination and reports obtained.

Onyango  added that working  with other team of investigators ,they have so far obtained court orders to obtain the suspects subscriber details, line history,IMEI history, text messages and Call Data Records(CDR) for the period of July 1,2017 and May 9, 2019.

“Among the offenses that DCI is investigating include tax evasion, money laundering, abuse of office, neglect of duty among others,” he said.

Onyango  has told court that the investigations are complex and require detailed analysis since  the  over 178 mobile phone numbers and M-Pesa statements will require time.

The prosecution further has told the court that going by the piece of information gathered so far ,there is no doubt  the suspects are involved.

 

The suspects will be held at Gigiri, Muthaiga and Kileleshwa police stations.

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