KERIAKO TOBIKO again wants to go for KAMLESH PATTNI in Ksh 5.8 billion case

Wednesday, the 10th of April 2013 - The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko plans to appeal a Ksh 5.8 billion case against Goldenberg architect Kamlesh Pattni which was thrown out by the High Court last month.

Pursuant to the same, the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions James Warui has written to the Deputy Registrar of the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court seeking to be furnished with the transcripts of the case;

“We hereby apply to be furnished with typed and certified proceedings for purposes of filing an appeal against the decision of Justice (Joseph) Mutava on March 25, 2013,” reads the letter.

In the case, Pattni is charged along with five others of conspiring to steal Ksh 5.8 billion from the Paymaster General’s account held at Central Bank of Kenya between April 19th and 29th 1993.

Former Kenya Commercial Bank General Manager Elijah arap Bii and Wilfred Karuga Koinange then PS in the Ministry of Finance are also separately charged in the case with helping to effect payment of the amount to Goldenberg International.

Pattni applied to the High Court to have the case dismissed on grounds that he would not get a fair hearing since three of his co-accused have since died. The three are Wilfred Koinange, former spy master James Kanyotu and former Deputy Governor Eliphaz Riungu.

Keriako Tobiko rejected a plea-bargain proposal by Pattni in January 2012 saying it did not give sufficient reasons why the case should not proceed to full trial.

Pattni unsuccessfully tried his hand at politics in the March 4th elections. He was going for the Westlands Parliamentary seat.



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