Japan snubs Government bid to prosecute 'Wetangula' Tokyo land deal
11 August 2015, 16:12
Nairobi - A bid by the government to prosecute 3 members of the public service over the KES 1.7 billion Tokyo land deal has flopped.
The bid failed after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions DPP failed in a bid to have persons related with the controversial deal from the Japanese side pitch in with their evidence failed.
While dismissing the application, the Anti Corruption Court stated Tuesday that it lacked the jurisdiction to admit the legal request to have the evidence taken in Japan.
Former PS in the foreign affairs ministry Mwangi Thuita and others were mentioned in the case.
Magistrate Maureen Mulekyo says that the court does not have the capacity to order that testimonies be taken outside the country.
" We do not simply have the jurisdiction to chase the case further for a number of reasons, one of them being lack of jurisdiction," she stated.
The DPP had been seeking mutual legal assistance from the government of Japan for examination on oath of the witnesses who are unable to travel to Kenya to testify.
The DPP was seeking the evidence of 8 people. They are Tsuyoshi Takano Real
estate appraiser, Yoshito Kijima Real estate agent and administrative
secretary, Nobuo Kuriyama, company director and Takaomi Inoue, assistant
inspector in charge of the organized crime bureau.
Others are Hidehiko Takashahi a real estate
agent, Akiyoshi Ohtake a legal scrivener, Shoji Yanagawa an attorney,
Selichiro Yamaguchi a national public servant.
The saga has seen the then Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula who is now a CORD Principal in the public limelight over the matter.
Just recently, the CORD co-principal Moses Wetangula was once again drawn in the saga after a comment on the said land deal drew a brush answer from the Bungoma Senator over the matter.
When quizzed by a Twitter user about the deal, Wetangula commented that the money he supposedly ate from the deal was in the user's mother's account to the fury of members of the public.
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