Two suspects who are accomplices in a wider syndicate that conned a Kenyan businessman shs 16 million claiming they could sell him gold were on Wednesday released on bail.
Innocent Wafula and Alexander Kiranda Kato alias Morgan Junior Jaggwe appeared before Milimani Court Magistrate Zaina Abdul.
They were accused that on diverse dates between December 3,2020 and January 30,2021, they obtained a total of 16 Million by pretending that they were able to sell Gold to the Nairobi businessman.
Investigating officer Dekow Nuno told the court he was informed that the suspects are a flight risk.
Wafula is a Kenyan with unknown residence and Kiranda is a Ugandan National who could not produce his passport neither could he show his residence.
“The exhibits in the case which is the stolen money was wired in different banks between South Africa and Kenya and nothing has been recovered so far,” Nuno said.
He wanted them detained for 2 days at Muthaiga police station to be able to complete investigations and obtain bank documents from Kenya and the UAE.
“I fear that if the suspects are released, they might interfere with the investigations and the Ugandan may escape, “he added.
Nuno in the application seeking detention pleaded with magistrate Zainab Abdul to allow his application.
Wafula is said to have been impersonating a Kenya Revenue officer with intent to defraud.
On the other hand, the defense through lawyer Michael Amalemba opposed an application by the state arguing that there was no evidence before court to warrant detention of the two suspects.
“The prosecution has not produced any evidence to show that the suspects are a flight risk,” added Amalemba.
The two were released on Sh 200,000 cash bail pending the conclusion of investigations and directed to be appearing before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations until the investigations are over.
They were also ordered to deposit their passports in court.