High Court denies CORD MPs bail, to spend 3 more nights in custody
15 June 2016, 19:47
Nairobi - The High Court has denied CORD MPs bail meaning they will remain in custody for the next three days.
The move will dampen the spirits of the MPs who sought to have a bail hearing done urgently that would have seen them return to court at a later date to answer to charges of hate speech.
The MPs, Junet Mohammed, Timothy Bosire and Senator Johnson Muthama as well as Florence Mutua the Busia woman representative, Aisha Jumwa who is the Kilifi
woman representative and Babu Owino the UoN student leader.
The High Court stated that hate speech was a serious offence and that the MPs had to wait until Police completed investigations to have a chance of seeking bail.
" The matter is of huge public concern and so the accused must await Police investigations to be completed before seeking bail," the ruling read.
The Police were Tuesday evening handed 4 days to complete investigations over the matter by Chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo.
Lawyers for the CORD legislators had sought bail, saying that the leaders were not flight threats and that some of them were parents with small babies that needed to be looked at.
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