, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – The 38 suspects remanded over tax evasion claims at the Kenya Revenue Authority have been released on a cash bail of Sh200,000 each.
High Court judge Luka Kimaru further directed that the suspects should report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations every day at 10am until he delivers a substantive ruling on Tuesday next week.
The decision by the court comes after their lawyers led by Tom Ojienda, Dunston Omari, John Sakwa among others appeared before the Judge complaining that the trial magistrate erred in law when he detained the suspects for 14 days despite being shown the facts and applicable principles.
Ojienda said that the prosecution having admitted that investigations to alleged tax evasion and money laundering commenced four months ago, the suspects ought not to have been arrested.
He questioned why the prosecution brought criminal charges against the suspects only to ask for more time to gather evidence.
He stated that the investigators have already taken mobile phones, laptops, computers and other electronic gadget belonging to the suspects, and that they will not interfere with the ongoing investigation as alleged by the prosecution.
He pointed out that there is a possibility that all them will be charged at the expiry of the time given by the lower court.