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Scales of Justice:Cyprian Nyakundi charged over Sh17.5m extortion attempt

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BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,24TH JAN 2020-Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi and Emmanuel Nyamweya were on Friday  charged over a Sh17.5 million extortion attempt.

Appearing before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot , Mr Nyakundi and his co-accused denied the charges and were released on Sh300,000 cash bail each.

The two were accused of attempting to extort Sh17.5 million from a top city banker to pull down libellous articles from Mr Nyakundi’s blog.

The suspects were arrested at Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Tuesday by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

They denied receiving a down payment of Sh1 million from Victoria Commercial Bank Limited’s Chief Executive Officer Yogesh Pattni.

Blogger Cyprian Andama Nyakundi (R) and his co-accused Emmanuel Nyamweya Ong’era at a Nairobi court on January 24, 2020, when they were charged over a Sh17.5 million extortion attempt.|COURTESY-Daily Nation

The suspects allegedly demanded the money between September 10, 2019 and January 15, 2020.

The magistrate heard that Mr Pattni obtained orders blocking Mr Nyakundi from publishing the defamatory articles.

It was said that Mr Nyakundi, however, ignored the order and continued posting the articles.

Although the prosecution did not oppose the release of the two on bond, the complainant objected to the suspects’ bond application.

Defense lawyers Cliff Ombeta and Dunstan Omari urged the court to overrule the complaint and release the accused.

“If the complainant is offended by repeated offending articles, he should cite Nyakundi for contempt,” Mr Omari said.

The case is set to  be mentioned on February 7.

 

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