War on graft:Okemo-Gichuru case to start soon, Haji says

War on graft:Okemo-Gichuru case to start soon, Haji says

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,8TH NOV,2021-The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has said the extradition proceedings involving former minister Chris Okemo and former Kenya Power managing director Samuel Gichuru will start soon.

Haji said this comes following a green light by the Supreme Court.

Last week, the court allowed the DPP to proceed with extradition proceedings that had stalled at the magistrate’s court for long.

The two who face up to 14 years in jail are wanted by the Royal Court of Jersey for allegedly accepting bribes from the foreign business that contracted with Kenya power.

Haji was confident that they will the case.

The DPP spoke on Monday in Masalani town, Garissa.

“The court has made it clear who will play what role, we are going to continue with what we had in court in terms of the extradition process,” Haji said.

“We will go before the magistrate’s court and argue out our case and begin the process of extraditing the individuals back to jersey where they have been accused of being involved in corruption.”

The process stalled due to legal challenges and a fight between DPP and Attorney General over which office should institute the action.

Haji said part of the money has already been frozen in jersey saying there was negotiation on how the money would come back to Kenya.

“We will also see if we can get more from the individuals in terms of the assets and monies that they might have accrued out of the crimes that they are being accused of,” he said.

The two are accused of concealing the transfer of proceeds of crime, an offence that attracts a maximum of 14 years in jail, a fine or both.

Okemo and Gichuru allegedly hid about S1 billion in secret accounts in Jersey by causing the foreign contractors to make payments into the bank accounts of Windward trading limited company between 1991 and June 28, 2002.

Okemo is charged with 13 counts relating to the transaction of the bank accounts while Gichuru is charged with 40 counts for offences allegedly committed under jersey law.

The two had argued that the legal system in Jersey does not guarantee a fair hearing and Kenya was the proper forum for the case.

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