Migori Governor Okoth Obado and his family gets freedom back on Ksh 18.25 million cash bail

 

Migori Governor Okoth Obado
Migori Governor Okoth Obado. FILE

 

Migori Governor Okoth Obado and his four children get their freedom back on Ksh.18.25million cash bail after they denied Ksh.73million fraud charges.

The court directed that their decision be upheld as each case to be considered on its value.


“I will consider the amount each of the accused person in the charges and the number of charges. COVID-19 is also a factor to be considered,” Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi said.


The Prosecution had opposed to the release of Obado and his co-accused on cash bail saying that they were likely to escape court.


They noted that Obado is a man of status and influence adding that some of his employees are witnesses in the case.

However, Lawyer Kioko Kilikumi debated that the offences are bailable and that there is no single file that the accused will flee the court.


He continued that there was no concrete proof to show that they could interlope with the said witnesses.


"Nobody was named as accountable for the fire and dismissed the declarations by the prosecution. He was released on bail in the murder case and has never escaped court,” Kilukumi said.

On Monday, Magistrate Mugambi ruled that a suitable condition can be placed to avoid the issue of tampering of witnesses.

 

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