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Witnesses were coached in Japan embassy probe

09 September 2013, 17:30

Nairobi - Three government officials who are in court following corruption charges levelled aginst them during the KES 1.5 billion purchase of the Kenyan embassy in Japan, have revealed that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission coached witnesses during their trial.

On Monday a court heard that, the officials have evidence that the agency cooked up a case against them and “pushed witnesses to record statements in its favour” after realising that the initial statements taken from the very witnesses exonerated them, Daily Nation reports.

Former Ministry of Foreign Affairs PS Thuita Mwangi, ambassador Antony Muchiri and embassy administrator Allan Mburu moved to court  through their lawyers, said that the EACC procured and presented to court, charge statements and testimony of witnesses which went through metamorphism over time. An affidavit sworn on May 8 2010 shows the first statement of  Catherine Muraguri and Peter K Mose as earlier vindicating the petitioners, only to incriminate them later in a different one submitted on February  2 2011.

- For more visit Daily Nation

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