Written By:Judith Akolo, Posted: Fri, May 27, 2011
Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo is urging for the speedy extradition of the Nambale MP and former KPLC boss
A day after Triton boss Yagnesh Devani was remanded in the UK awaiting extradition to stand trial in Kenya, Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo on Friday urged the State law office to move with speed and ensure Nambale MP Chris Okemo and former KPLC Managing Director Samuel Gichuru are extradited to face graft charges in the UK.
Mutula called for the speedy extradition of Yagnesh Devani saying it is in the interest of Kenyans that the fugitive is brought back to face the fraud charges.
He further warned that continued pulling and pushing on whether or not the Nambale MP and former KPLC MD have a case to answer or not, risks making the country appear as though they are part of the crime, which he termed “Accessories to the Fact.
Mutula said there is no need for the establishment of a prima facie case against the two since it has been determined that a crime was committed and it would be up to them to go and clear their names in the UK court.
The Attorney General had submitted arrest warrants against Okemo and Gichuru to Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to begin the extradition process.
Devani fled the country in 2009 following the Triton Oil scandal.
He had been charged in absentia for stealing 955,334,094 million shillings from the Kenya Commercial Bank and 26,216.60 tonnes of oil at the Kipevu storage facility in Mombasa valued at 1,532,272,140 billion shillings.
The criminal case against him was later withdrawn under section 87 of the Criminal Procedure code. This means the same charges can be brought against him.