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Anglo-leasing suspects to be dragged to court before end of February, says Keriako Tobiko

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko

Individuals implicated in the multi-billion-shilling Anglo-leasing scandal will be prosecuted before the end of February, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said on Friday.

Although Mr Tobiko did not name the suspects, he said he had approved prosecution of those named in three out of five files forwarded to him by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

“We received five files from EACC and set up a team to review the information and evidence. Three files are now ready for prosecution, the suspects will be taken to court any time before the end of the month,” he said.

The DPP, however, said he had not received any file relating to the ‘chicken’ scandal in which a British company is alleged to have bribed officials of the electoral commission and the national exams council to win contracts.

THOSE QUESTIONED

Business tycoon Deepak Kamani was among those questioned last year by the anti-graft agency over his alleged involvement in the Anglo-Leasing scandal.

Mr Kamani, his father Chamanlal Kamani and brother Rashmi Kamani filed a petition in court to stop the government from releasing information implicating them in the scandal to the Swiss government.

They, however, failed in their bid, with Mr Justice Isaac Lenaola also dismissing their request to be furnished with documents detailing agreements between the government and foreign companies involved in the security contracts.

The three wanted to stop the government from acting on a request by the Swiss Federal Attorney for information about them relating to money laundering and dealings with companies implicated in the Anglo Leasing scandal.

The Kamanis were linked to companies that were awarded 13 out of 18 Anglo Leasing security contracts.

WITNESS STATEMENTS

The remaining five went to Sri Lankan businessman Anura Perera, who was paid Sh1.4 billion by the government.

The Swiss authorities wrote to Prof Muigai in June requesting for records of payment the government made to Anglo-leasing companies associated with the Kamanis, money transfer documents and any deed of property transferred.

They further wanted recorded witness statements, evidence of any corrupt payment made by the government to the companies and any document likely to confirm the three were engaged in money laundering.

The companies listed as have benefitted from the Sh18 billion contracts are Sound Day Corporation, Apex Finance Corporation, Anglo-Leasing and Finance Limited, Infotalent Limited, Globetel Incorporated and Midland Finance and Securities Limited.

-Nation.co.ke

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