Traffic officers nabbed soliciting bribes last year yet to be charged
15 September 2015, 08:07
Nakuru - Ten traffic police officers arrested by Anti-graft detectives last year in Nakuru are yet to take plea pending determination of a High court application they filed seeking to stop criminal proceedings against them.
On Monday, Chief Magistrate Joel Ng’eno had slated the matter for hearing on September 23 when the High Court is expected to have determined whether to stop the case filed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption or to allow the officers to face trial.
The anti-graft officers pounced on the officers on duty at various checkpoints including Shiners and KITI in the outskirts of Nakuru town and arrested them for allegedly collecting bribes.
The officers then successfully moved to the high court through their lawyer David Mongeri to contest the EACC’s bid to institute criminal charges against them.
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The ten averred that their trial in the lower court is highly prejudicial since they were subjected to ‘trial by the media’ when their pictures were broadcast by various Houses.
In their application, they noted that their rights risked being infringed on if the criminal charges are allowed as they were condemned before members of the public.
Chief Magistrate Samuel Mungai deferred the taking of the criminal plea on February 25, this year when they appeared in court to allow them argue their application in the high court.
They allegedly collected the money in a move that allowed defective motor vehicles and errant drivers to continue using the highway regardless of the defects.
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