Echesa granted bail in Sh39b gun fraud case

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In his ruling on the review of the bail terms, trial magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot said after going through submissions by a team of lawyers led by Cliff Ombeta, Brian Khaemba and Evans Ondieki, he found that only the first accused Echesa has been able to raise the earlier bail of Sh1 million, but his co-accused:  Daniel Otieno, Clifford Okoth, Kennedy Oyoo Mboya and Chrispin Oduor Odipo have not raised any of the bail terms.

He ordered each of the four to be released on cash bail of Sh200,000 or bond of Sh1.5 million with a similar surety instead of initial bond of Sh3 million with a similar surety or cash bail of Sh1 million,

The quartet are jointly charged alongside Echesa with 15 counts of making false documents and attempting to obtain over Sh39.5 billion from businessman Kozlowski Stanley Bruno by falsely pretending that he would be awarded a tender by the State Department of Defence to supply military equipment.

They are also charged together with Pzels Company Limited, where  Odipo is a director.

They have denied 15 counts ranging from conspiracy to commit a felony, making documents without authority to obtaining Sh11,500,000 from Bruno by false pretences.

Echesa also pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempting to obtain  Sh39,544,200,000 from Buno by falsely pretending that he would be awarded a tender by the State Department of Defence to supply military equipment.

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