EACC could save Gichuru, Okemo extradition

October 28, 2013 1:42 pm
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EACC lawyer James Olala has told High Court judge Isaac Lenaola that the commission is probing the two over money laundering allegations and may recommend their prosecution soon/FILE
EACC lawyer James Olala has told High Court judge Isaac Lenaola that the commission is probing the two over money laundering allegations and may recommend their prosecution soon/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has commenced investigations on former Kenya Power boss Samuel Gichuru and ex-MP Chris Okemo which could see the duo saved from extradition to the Island of Jersey.

EACC lawyer David Ruto has told High Court judge Isaac Lenaola that the commission is probing the two over money laundering allegations and may recommend their prosecution soon.

Ruto says the investigation will conclude this month and the recommendations forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

The judge directed the parties to exchange their papers on this new move by the EACC and report to the court on December 4 for further directions.

Gichuru and Okemo are seeking to permanently block an extradition request from the Island of Jersey over allegations of money laundering.

The anti-corruption commission is investigating the extent of liability for loss of or damage to public property and to institute civil proceedings against the two men for the recovery of about Sh400 million that is held in an account in the Island of Jersey.

The EACC is investigating allegations that M/S Windward Trading Company ltd, a company registered in the Island of Jersey was established solely as a money laundering venture to sanitise the proceeds of corrupt funds accrued from kickbacks received for the award of contracts between KPLC and various foreign based companies.

Investigations so far indicate that the company was incorporated by Gichuru at a time when he was serving as the managing director of KPLC and have also revealed that the said company received several suspicious payments from known and unknown companies based both within Kenya and board between 1986 and 2003.

The companies had business relating to power generation equipment.

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