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Anglo Leasing scandal a 'small charge'

05 March 2015, 18:32 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Anglo Leasing charges leveled against three family members are small, lawyer Ahmednasir Abdulahi has sensationally claimed.

The lawyer, representing the Kamani family of three, Chamanlal who is father to Deepak and Rashmi over charges of defrauding the country amounts totaling to billions of Shillings claimed before the Nairobi's magistrates court that the charges were small and that they had been sensationalized by the press and the public as huge charges.

Abdullahi described the charges as very small felonies and asked that the Kamani's be released on bail given the accused are members of the same family.

He added to chief magistrate Hannah Ndung'u that his clients also needed to be released because of health issues.

" If you look at the charges, it’s not really that earth shaking as everybody has been made to believe," he said to the dismay of Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

A clearly bemused Tobiko was left scratching his head at the allegation and stated to the magistrate that if the misappropriation of billions of shillings was a small offence, then what was a big one.

Tobiko also called for the magistrate to force the three to leave their passports in the court's posession so as to ensure they do not dissapear as they are wealthy and can easily leave the country.

The magistrate agreed with Tobiko and released Chanmal on a cash bail of KES 2 million or a bond of KES 10 million while his sons were released on a bail of KES 4 million or bond of KES 20 million each.

The three are co accused together with ten others who have been charged with defrauding the state of billions of shillings in fake security solutions and tenders.

Kisii Senator Chris Obure is among seven other persons charged over the infamous Anglo Leasing scandal.

Obure and the others appeared in court Wednesday to answer to the charges of runner stamping the contracts which saw the country lose billions of shillings in 2005.

Obure was charged together with former minister David Mwiraria and former Permanent Secretaries Dave Mwangi, Sammy Kyungu, Joseph Magari and David Onyonka who was the then head of debt management at the Treasury.

They were all released on bail of KES 2 million or a bond of KES 10 million each.

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