Sonko charged afresh in Ksh.357M graft case, witnesses placed under protection

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was charged afresh in the Ksh.357 million graft case against him after the prosecution substituted an earlier charge sheet with a new one.

The prosecution, in the new charge sheet, removed three names of accused persons and one company leaving Sonko and three others.

The prosecution also indicated to the court that there are other witnesses who will be put under witness protection and urged the court to use pseudo names in their statements and give evidence in a closed-door session.

The defence team however objected and urged the prosecution to make a formal application and argue it.

Sonko is charged alongside Fredrick Odhiambo of  ROG Security Limited and Antony Otieno Ombok of conspiring to commit an offence of corruption and dealing with suspect property in the sum of over Ksh.14 million in respect of a contract.

In the second count, he is charged with another count of conflict of interest where he is alleged to have received Ksh.8.4 million from Fredrick Odhiambo  T/A Yiro Enterprises, through ROG Security Limited.

Earlier, the trial magistrate said in a ruling that the accused persons did not show how they will be prejudiced if they answer to the substituted charge sheet.

The case will be mentioned on February 26 for pre-trial hearing