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Kenya’s recalled Olympics athletics manager to be detained for 28 days

Recalled Kenya's athletics manager to Rio Olympics in court.PHOTO/courtesy
Recalled Kenya’s athletics manager to Rio Olympics in court.PHOTO/courtesy

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9 – Magistrate Stella Njagi has ordered detention of recalled Kenya’s Olympics athletics manager Major (Rtd) Michael Rotich for 28 days after the Director of public Prosecution applied for it.

Senior prosecutor Duncan Ondimu in his application had told the court that they needed the time to finalise the investigations which he said is complex in nature.

Ondimu also expressed fear that Rotich will interfere with probe considering that he holds influential position.

He also said that his release will also interfere with arrest of Joseph Mwangi who is also being looked for over doping related offences.

“Because issues raised against the suspect are sensitive and complex and investigations covers both within the country and abroad, I grant the prosecution request to detain him at Gigiri Police Station for 28 days,” Njagi ruled.

Rotich was filmed by the German television channel ARD and the Sunday Times newspaper demanding Sh1.3mn (£10,000) for agreeing to warn a British coach about imminent doping tests.

Rotich introduced reporters purporting to be the coach and an agent of athletes to Paul and Liz Scott, who are official anti-doping testers in Kenya.

The Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) confirmed on Monday they would open legal proceedings against Rotich on the case that is a potential new blow to Kenya’s sporting reputation after doping accusations in recent months ahead of the Olympics athletics programme on Friday.