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Court returns Jirongo's passport in Sh50m fraud case

Court returns Jirongo's passport in Sh50m fraud case
  • The passport of the former Shinyalu legislator had been surrendered to the court amid investigations into a Sh50 million fraud case that dates back to 28 years ago.
  • In court on Wednesday, Mr Jirongo's lawyer Danstan Omari noted that he travels to South Sudan every fortnight and that it would be cumbersome to keep returning to court for the passport.
  • Prosecutor Angela Vuchala opposed the plea to return the passport, saying Mr Jirongo would likely leave the court's jurisdiction.

A Nairobi court on Wednesday returned former presidential candidate Cyrus Jirongo's passport to enable him to travel to South Sudan to attend to his business.

The passport of the former Lugari legislator had been surrendered to the court amid investigations into a Sh50 million fraud case that dates back to 28 years ago.

In court on Wednesday, Mr Jirongo's lawyer Danstan Omari noted that he travels to South Sudan every fortnight and that it would be cumbersome to keep returning to court for the passport.

Mr Omari further told Chief magistrate Francis Andayi, "The accused is not a flight risk He is a presidential candidate and will always turn up in court for his trial."

He also pleaded with Mr Andayi for the protection of his client's rights, saying he had been of good conduct, and pointed out that the case is one of the oldest - the offence was allegedly committed in 1991.

JURISDICTION

Prosecutor Angela Vuchala opposed the plea to return the passport, saying Mr Jirongo would likely leave the court's jurisdiction.

But Mr Andayi overruled the prosecution's objection and returned the accused's travel document.

He, however, directed Mr Jirongo to be appearing in court with the passport whenever the case is mentioned.

The accused earlier denied the fraud charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh200,000.

The case will be mentioned on October 11.