Chinese found with restricted betting machines fail to take plea

Chinese nationals answer to charges of alleged of possession of betting machines. [Kipsang Joseph/Standard]
Five Chinese were yesterday arraigned for allegedly being in possession of restricted goods. Liao Pobing, Lu Jianfang, Lu Jun, Lu Junyu and Lin Rong appeared before principal magistrate Bernard Mararo but failed to take plea.

The court heard that there was no interpreter to enable them understand the charges they faced. Mr Mararo deferred their plea to January 17.

He directed that they be released on Sh10,000 cash bail each and surrender their passports. The five were allegedly found in possession of 169 gambling machines at Section 58, Nakuru East Sub-county, contrary to the law that banned gambling on December 24, last year.

The machines were valued at Sh4,225,000.

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