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DCI Director George Kinoti Sentenced to Four Months Imprisonment

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DCI Director George Kinoti Sentenced to Four Months Imprisonment

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Geroge Kinoti has been sentenced to four months imprisonment for disobeying a court order.

High Court Judge Anthony Mrima Thursday directed that Kinoti surrenders to prison within seven days failure to which the Inspector General of Police shall effect a warrant of arrest against him.

The sentencing follows his failure to obey a court order which required him to release firearms belonging to businessman-turned-politician Jimi Wanjigi.

In October 2017, operatives of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, National Police Service, and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, raided Wanjigi’s residence and took away his registered firearms.

Following the raid, the court determined that the State acted irrationally by taking Wanjigi’s guns while he still held a valid license, and directed that the three security agencies return all firearms and ammunition.

However, in an affidavit, the DCI argued that some of the firearms held by Wanjigi were high precision military firearms not authorized to be held by civilians in Kenya under the Firearms Act.

The High Court ruling now leaves Kinoti with a seven-day ultimatum to surrender.

“In the further event the IG of Police fails to execute the warrant, the same shall remain valid and be executed anytime including when Kinoti leaves the office of the DCI,” Judge Mrima said.

The initial order to return the firearm was issued by the same judge on June 21, 2019.

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