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Court releases MRC members on KES 800 000 bond

04 November 2014, 12:01 John Kioko

Kwale - A Kwale court on Monday ordered 12 MRC members including their chair, Omar Mwamnuadzi, to pay KES 800 000 and two sureties of the same amount as bond for them to be set free.

The court also rejected plea by their lawyer, Yusuf Abubakar, to have the suspects released on cash bail.

Mwamnuadzi and his accomplices are facing charge of unlawful assembly which they have denied before Kwale principal magistrate, Elizabeth Usui.

During the mention of their case Monday, over 100 Mwamnuadzi supporters camped outside and inside the court premises.

They started arriving at the court premises as early as 6:00 AM to know the fate of their chair.

Security officials did not leave anything to chance and since there was an alert that MRC members were planning to free their chair by force, everyone entering the court premises was screened.

General Service Unit officials and Prison wardens, some in full riot gear and heavily armed, were on high alert to to ensure everything was in order and that any such plan was thwarted.

Probation officer, Simon Ithagu told the court that after interrogating all suspects, they found that they could be released on bond.

Principal magistrate, Elizabeth Usui said that she had heard all parties and since the prosecution had no problems with the bond terms, there was no reason to deny them.

“Given the manner of the charge facing the accused persons and since prosecution is not complaining, no reasons to deny them bond. Each can therefore be released on bond of KES 800 000 and two sureties of the same amount,” said Usui.

Their lawyer also applied for change of hearing date from December 15 but the court settled on January 12, 2015.

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