Mombasa court temporally stops graft case against Nairobi tycoon

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The High Court in Mombasa has temporarily stopped the graft case against Nairobi tycoon Praful Kumar after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) challenged  a directive requiring him to supply electronic evidence.

Mr Kumar has been charged with allegedly attempting to bribe Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko last year in an effort to get approval for Grand Monar Hotel in Gigiri, which was under construction.

Mr.Kumar had asked for an electronic version of phone records and their conversations produced in court before his trail commences. He particularly asked for his phone conversations with Nairobi governor as well as the phone numbers and location used.

The Chief Magistrate of Mombasa Edna Nyaloti said the prosecution should  disclose information the defence counsel wants to know and that the only information the prosecution can be limited to disclose is that which touches on national security.

“The case shall proceed for hearing and that the prosecution to make specific telephone conversations requested by the defence before the close of prosecution’s case to enable the defence prepare for their case,” Ms Nyaloti said.