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Dennies Itumbi freed on Ksh 100,000 cash bail

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,10TH JULY 2019-A Nairobi court has freed Dennis Itumbi on Ksh 100,000 cash bail.Itumbi is being investigated concerning  relation to a letter alluding to a plot to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto.

The Chief Magistrate sitting in Milimani Law Court while releasing him on bail on Wednesday dismissed an application by the State seeking to hold him  for nine more days.

The court directed him to report once a week to the investigating officer at Muthaiga police station in the next 14 days.

He was required to surrender his passport to the court to guarantee future appearance.

Senior Resident Magistrate Zainabu Abdul  further  directed the police to return his phone within two weeks.

The matter will be mentioned on July 22 to confirm the progress made in ongoing investigations.

Abdul, said that the investigating team has not shown the court the progress made so far after they were granted five more days to hold Itumbi when they presented him in court on July 4 following his arrest on July 3.

“The court has not been told how many statements have been recorded from 256 members of Tanga Tanga group who are spread across the Country,” the magistrate noted.

The prosecution had told the court Itumbi belonged to a 256-member WhatsApp group where the letter alluding to an assassination plot was shared adding that members of the chat room are under investigation.

The court noted  that police admitted having taken some documents for digital analysis, which does not require his presence.

The magistrate further disagreed with the prosecutor that Itumbi, if released he will  interfere with investigations given his influence and being an officer  based at the  Office of the President.

The Presiding Magistrate was told this morning, that investigations are not complete.

“A conclusive report is very crucial to the ongoing investigations over alleged assassination of the Deputy President William Ruto,” the court heard.

 

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