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Obado released on a cash bail of Sh5m as two co-accused remain in custody

Obado is required to deposit his travel documents including his diplomatic passport. Photo/CFM.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – Migori Governor Okoth Obado has been released on a Sh5million cash bail in the murder case of Sharon Otieno and her unborn child after spending over a month in remand.

High Court Judge Jessie Lessit further imposed two sureties of Sh5 million each and ordered him to deposit his travel documents including all his passports in court.

“The first accused may be released upon depositing in court a cash bail in the sum of Sh5 million. In addition, the first accused will provide two sureties of Sh5 million each. The first accused must deposit all his travel documents including his Kenyan, East African and diplomatic passports which he holds if he has any,” she stated.

She further directed that Obado shall not go anywhere within 20 kilometres of Homabay County boundary.

“He shall not cause an adjournment in this case. He shall report once a month to the Deputy Registrar of this court… he shall not contact or intimidate whether directly or by proxy, any of the witnesses in this case,” she ordered.

His aides Michael Oyamo and Casper Obiero were however denied bail with Justice Lessit stating that their freedom would intimidate witnesses in the case.

The judge declined to free the two. Photo/CFM.

“The evidence affecting the second and third accused has been acknowledged by both of them. They each went further and made responses in their affidavits. It is therefore acknowledged that such evidence exists and cannot be brushed aside,” she pointed out.

“There are compelling reasons not to grant the second and third accused bail at this stage. I find that releasing them may send fear, anxiety to potential witnesses therefore leading to intimidation which may adversely affect the case.”

She further directed that Obado should not skip any court session as his bail could be revoked at any time.

Justice Lessit further warned Obado against communicating with the parents, siblings or rather any close relative of the deceased.

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“The accused will refrain from contacting or intimidating whether directly or by proxy witnesses in this case,” she said.

The Prosecution stated that they would be calling 30 witnesses in the case.

The pre-trial hearing has been set for February 14 next year.

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