NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – Businessman Deepak Kamani and his brother Rashmi received the green light to leave Kenya on Friday after a Nairobi court ordered that their passports be released back into their possession.
Nairobi Chief Magistrate Doreen Mulekyo granted their applications for travel on the grounds that the two had proved that they are not a flight risk by honouring police and court summons.
She said the two were also unlikely to violate the terms of their release on bond and leave their father Chamanlal to answer to the corruption charges which they jointly face, alone.
“For the above stated reasons and taking into consideration that the accused persons’ trials are not due to commence until sometime in July and September, this court allows the temporal release of the applicants’ travel documents on condition that should the investigator require their presence during this period, he will be at liberty to move the court to order their recall,” she ruled.
Deepak and Rashmi had informed the court, through their lawyers Ahmednasir Abdullahi and Paul Nyamodi that they wanted to leave the country for business and personal reasons respectively.
Deepak said he needed to travel to India, Pakistan and China for business while Rashmi said he needed to visit with his ailing wife in the United Arab Emirates.
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions however opposed the court’s release of their passports arguing that there was no extradition treaty between Kenya and some of the countries the two accused planned to travel to.
The court took Deepak, Rashmi and Chamanlal’s passports into its possession when they were charged with conspiring to defraud the Kenyan Government of billions of shillings through the infamous Anglo-Leasing deals.
They face the charges alongside a Senator, a former Minister and three former Permanent Secretaries.
Rashmi and Deepak are accused of receiving half a billion shillings from the GoK without delivering services in a project code named E-Cops as it was for the computerisation of security, law and order systems and procedures for the Kenya Police.
Chamanlal was separately charged with his two sons for fraudulently acquiring Sh121 million from the Ministry of Finance through Sound Day Corporation and Apex Finance Corporation “on the pretext that they were able to provide credit to the Government of Kenya for purchase of Security equipment under modernisation of police equipment and accessories project.”