Court releases former Sports CS Rashid Echesa and his 3 co-accused

Rashid Echesa

Daily Nation

In Summary

• Former CS Rashid Echesa and his co-accused have been released on a Sh 1 million cash bail.

• The four will alternatively have to part with Sh3 million bond each to secure their freedom.

Rashid Echesa and three other suspects have been charged with 12 counts in the Sh39.5 billion fake military arms deal. Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot, the accused denied all the charges leveled against them. Instead, Echesa said its a political wich hunt because of his stand on Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)

Former CS Rashid Echesa was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony by conspiring to make a document with intent to defraud on top of that were six counts of making a false document in the Sh39.5 billion fake arms deal.

It’s alleged that Rashid and three others obtained Sh11.5 million from Kozlowski Stanley Bruno by purporting that they would award him with a tender to supply military equipment.

However, the defense dismissed the allegations, saying there is no compelling reason why the accused should not be granted bail. He even promised not to interfere with the witnesses in any way.

Lawyers for the accused who were led by Cliff Ombeta told the court that the prosecution should prove that the accused will interfere but not base their argument on assumptions. JKIA, Magistrate Cheruiyot said he had considered the arguments and found the officers had not named the crime scenes that the accused would interfere with.

“It has not been denied that the searches in their homes have already been conducted as alleged by the defense. There is no compelling reason then the court will determine what bond to grant the accused persons,” the magistrate said.

He added, “They are presumed innocent until proven guilty. I find it fair and reasonable to pay Sh1 million cash bail or a bond of Sh3 million”.

The case will be mentioned on March 3 at JKIA court.

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