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Court rules accounts of NYS suspects to remain frozen

Among the accounts frozen, eight belong to former Youth and Gender PS Lilian Omolo and businessman James Thuita/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 10 – Bank accounts belonging to National Youth Service (NYS) suspects in the Sh468 million scandal will remain frozen.

High Court Jessie Lessit has extended freezing orders after agreeing with the Assets Recovery Agency that it needs more to complete the ongoing probe into the accounts over claims of money laundering.

“I am satisfied from submissions made by the investigator that the prayers sought are justified for purposes of enabling investigations into funds held in the said accounts,” she ruled.

Investigator Mohammed Adow sought extension of the freezing orders claiming they have been unable to complete inquiry into the matter within three months because of the number of people being investigated.

The orders were first issued in May and were to expire next Monday.

Among the accounts frozen, eight belong to former Youth and Gender PS Lilian Omolo and businessman James Thuita.

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