NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8 – Imenti Central Member of Parliament Gideon Mwiti was on Wednesday warned against intimidating witnesses set to testify in a rape case facing him or risk having his cash bail cancelled.
This followed an application by State prosecutors earlier on Wednesday morning.
The prosecutors wanted a cash bail of Sh100,000 granted to him cancelled on grounds that he has been intimidating witnesses. Mwiti appeared in court for a mention of the case in which he is charged with raping and assaulting a woman known to him.
His lawyer John Khaminwa had objected the State application, which he termed as baseless.
Mwiti was last week charged with rape, assault and intimidation before Milimani Resident Magistrate Edah Agade.
He was released on a cash bail of Sh100, 000 following an application by his lawyer Khaminwa who explained that Mwiti was diabetic hence it was difficult for him to continue staying in custody.
He also said the presumption of innocence should be considered in the plea for a cash bail.
Khaminwa further pledged that his client would cooperate with the court and appear whenever summoned. The victim’s lawyer was however opposed to the cash bail on argument that Mwiti would interfere with witness if he would be set free.
Agade however, ruled in favour of Mwiti and released him last Thursday after spending a night at the Kileleshwa Police station.