Magistrate’s co-accused seeks to stop case
By Monica Kagia
The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has opposed an application seeking to stop prosecution of a court assistant arrested together with Mombasa Principal Magistrate Edgar Kagoni over links to the theft of Sh30 million heroin exhibit.
Abubakar Awadh, who has since been interdicted, is seeking to have the matter stayed and transferred to Mombasa.
Awadh was charged with Kagoni and three Mombasa Law Courts officials for stealing and trafficking in narcotic drugs which was to be used as exhibits in a court case.
They are charged with stealing 10kg of heroin worth Sh30 million which had been produced as an exhibit in Mombasa Law Courts.
State counsel Alexander Muteti told High Court judge Peter Otieno that parading the accused in Mombasa where they work would interfere with the process.
“We cannot prosecute this matter in the same court that these officials work in,” said Muteti.
Awadh had told the court that his salary was meager and, therefore, the cost of being tried in Nairobi was too high.