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DPP seeks arrest warrants for Okemo, Gichuru

BUSINESS
By | July 6th 2011

By Standard Reporter

The Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko has given authority for the extradition proceedings against Nambale MP Chris Okemo and former Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) boss Samuel Gichuru to have them charged in Jersey with fraud and money laundering.

Nambale MP Chris Okemo

On receipt of a joint report prepared by officers from the DPP office and Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission and on the request by Island of Jersey for the extradition of the two, Tobiko was satisfied that the request met all the legal and evidential requirements.

"On receipt of a joint report prepared by officers from the DPP and Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) on the request by the Island of Jersey for the extradition of Okemo and Gichuru and being satisfied that the request meets all the legal and evidential requirements, the DPP gave authority for the request to proceed," a statement from the DPP’s office said.

Tobiko on Wednesday sent a team to court to file application for the extradition of the two accused and seek warrants of their arrest.

Tobiko’s decision came a day after the British High Commissioner to Kenya Rob Macaire met Attorney General Amos Wako and stressed the need to expedite the extradition proceedings against Okemo and Gichuru.

Last month Okemo and Gichuru lost a bid to oppose the extradition proceedings with the court ruling that their case was premature as no extradition proceedings had commenced at the time they filed the suit.

Former Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) boss Samuel Gichuru

Speaking after a meeting with Attorney General Amos Wako on Tuesday, Rob Macaire said there was a strong case against the two individuals and that the authorities in Jersey were determined to have this case taken forward.

Interpol issued a red notice against Okemo and Gichuru after a warrant by the Bailiff and Chief Justice of the island of Jersey, United Kingdom in April 2011.

Mr Okemo served as Minister for Energy between 1999 and 2001 before he was moved to the Finance docket where he served between 2001 and 2003.

Mr Gichuru served as the Managing Director of KPLC between 1983 and 2003.

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