NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – Award winning investigative journalist Mohammed Ali of the Jicho Pevu fame has been charged with allegedly stealing a mobile phone worth Sh100,000.
The Kenya Television Network (KTN) chief investigative editor appeared at the Milimani Law Courts on Monday morning where he denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Esther Maina and was freed on a Sh50,000 cash bail.
He was accused of having stolen the mobile phone on diverse dates between June 14, 2011 and 6 July 2011 from Al Mana Electronics on Luthuli Avenue in Nairobi.
The charges indicate he committed the offence jointly with others not before court.
He also faced a separate charge of handling stolen property.
“On Oct 20th 2011 at Central police station in Nairobi, otherwise in the course of stealing, dishonestly received the said mobile phone having reasons to believe it had been stolen,” the court papers read.
He has denied all the charges and released on a cash bail until June 18 when his case will be heard.
Ali was still in the basement cells early Monday afternoon seeking to raise the cash bail.