Court throws out 'unfair' Okungu trial, accuses DPP of negligence
11 February 2014, 14:28
Nairobi - The High Court has thrown out a case in which former Kenya Pipeline Company KPC chairman George Okungu had been charged with corruption.
The court also accused the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko of selective`justice and discrimination against the former KPC boss.
Okungu had been charged with the sale of houses belonging to the corporation in 2006.
Judge George Odunga said that the move to charge Okungu over alleged missapropriation of company assets was an injustice to the constitutional rights of the individual.
" It has been determined that the case against the respondent is unlawful seeing as it has been discharged in a manner that violates the rights of the said individual, he said.
The judge argued that it was not right for the case to continue whilst Okungu was the sole respondent, with others having also participated in the alleged fraud.
Odunga further barred the DPP's office from charging Okungu over the matter.
Okungu is not new to controversy, having also been charged with the KES 8 billion Triton scandal, of which he was relieved of duty.
" It is a relief to have this finally behind me, he said after the ruling.
Okungu's release is the latest in a series of cases which have fallen through in recent months due to unpreparedness and lack of evidence on the part of the DPP's office.
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