Mwiraria pleaded to the charges while admitted to the Karen Hospital where he’s receiving treatment for Cancer-related complications.
Senior Principal Magistrate Felix Kombo thereafter released Mwiraria on a personal bond totalling Sh2 million.
“That means he didn’t actually have to deposit the money but will forfeit it should he fail to comply with the court’s orders,” his lawyer Kioko Kilukumi explained to Capital FM News.
Mwiraria is charged alongside businessman Deepak Kamani, his father Chamanlal and brother Rashmi for conspiring to steal billions of shillings from the Kenyan tax payer through fraudulent lease agreements entered into between 2002 and 2004 that have infamously come to be collectively referred to as Anglo Leasing.
“Between October 30, 2003 and April 14, 2004 in Nairobi conspired with to commit an economic crime to wit, engaging in a scheme to defraud the Government of Kenya of Euros 40,000,000 through a supplier’s credit contract agreement for the Modernisation of Police Security Equipment and Accessories Project,” reads one of the charges.
Mwiraria pleaded to the charges nine months after his co-accused, on account of his reported ill-health.
Last month however, Kombo threatened to issue a warrant for Mwiraria’s arrest on the insistence of the prosecution.
The prosecution accused Mwiraria of attempting to use his ailment to get out of answering to the charges.
Mwiraria through his lawyers however obtained orders from the High Court barring his arrest and leading Kombo to direct, on Friday, that the former Finance Minister should plead to the charges from the Karen Hospital where he was admitted.