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DPP fails in bid to cancel Aladwa bail

27 January 2016, 20:49

Nairobi - The Director of Public Prosecutions DPP has failed in a bid to have bail awarded to politician George Aladwa over hate speech claims revoked.

The High Court declined to cancel bail granted to the former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa in an incitement to violence case, The Star reported.

Justice James Wakiaga Wednesday said DPP Keriako Tobiko did not provide evidence to warrant the cancellation of bail terms given by Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo.

The judge said the accused has a constitutional right to bail.

He also further asked the DPP to stop seeking an end to the bail and instead focus his efforts on ensuring that the investigations are going on at a good pace.

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The Daily Nation reported that despite the Court's reservations, it gave the DPP a fair shot at quashing the bail.

"The magistrate took all issues into consideration raised when Aladwa was charged and arrived at the decision to grant him bail," said Justice Wakiaga.

He said the DPP has not shown any new development that has taken place since the accused was charged to warrant the cancellation.

The DPP, through Deputy DPP Leonard Maingi, had claimed the politician had continued to engage in hate speech and thus violating the conditions given to him when he was charged.

Aladwa was charged with incitement to violence. He was released on a bond of KES 3 million with an alternative cash bail of KES 500,000.

The case will be heard May 19.

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