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Embattled senator moves to court to stop police from arresting him over alleged fake papers
By Kamau Muthoni | Updated Jan 13, 2018 at 09:12 EAT
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Meru Senator Mithika Linturi
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Meru senator Mithika Linturi has moved to court to block his arrest

He was to be arrested over alleged fake academic papers

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi yesterday went back to court in a bid to stop the police arresting him over alleged fake academic papers.

In a case filed by lawyer James Orengo, the embattled lawmaker claims the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is planning to arrest him on orders of the Office of Director of Public Prosecution.

Linturi said the authenticity of his academic papers has not yet been tested and the looming arrest is unlawful and unfair.

The Senator told the court he fears a criminal suit will be instituted even before the civil suit he filed in a bid to graduate with a law degree from the University of Nairobi is settled. 

“The intended prosecution has ulterior and extraneous purpose whose dominant objective is to end my political career as a Senator and to close any opportunities,” he told High Court Judge Chacha Mwita. 

The Meru legislator was to graduate last year but the university de-registered and discontinued him for allegedly producing forged papers for admission. 

Linturi says UoN failed to inform him in writing that it was investigating his degree from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.

“There’s a threat and likelihood that I may be charged with criminal offenses based on an incomplete and scanty investigation which the DPP and EACC are likely to ignore as exculpatory,” he said.

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