DPP Noordin Haji to appeal ruling on ex-Nairobi Gov. Mike Sonko's graft case
- "The court acquitted on the basis that the charge sheet was defective, and not on the merits and substance of the case," says the DPP.
- Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said he freed Sonko as no evidence on loss of funds was presented to court.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji will appeal against a ruling that set free ex-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in a KSh20 million graft case.
Sonko was facing 13 charges relating to alleged loss of the money during his tenure as County boss.
In the ruling by Magistrate Douglas Ogoti delivered at the Milimani Law Courts on Wednesday, Sonko and his co-accused were freed for lack of evidence. The magistrate termed the charges as defective.
Ogoti said no money was stolen from Nairobi County as no evidence was presented in court in regard to the matter.
"The court acquitted on the basis that the charge sheet was defective, and not on the merits and substance of the case," said the DPP just hours after the ruling.
"The prosecution called a total of 19 witnesses and produced 113 documentary exhibits in support of its case and closed its case on 27th July 2022."
The former Governor of Nairobi was charged alongside others with the offence of conspiracy to commit an offence of Corruption, Conflict of Interest, Money Laundering and Acquisition of Proceeds of Crime.
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