Kenya: Wako takes up graft case against Okemo, Gichuru
Publicado el May 24, 2011
The two are wanted in Britain for corruption and money laundering charges that were preferred against them by the Chief Justice of the Island of Jersey where it is alleged that the two have been stashing their ill-gotten money. Mr Wako who spoke after a meeting with the British minister for Africa Henry Bellingham argued that he would only give the authority to extradite them, if the prosecutor found them answerable to the cases preferred against them.
He added that Kenya had made several requests to Britain among them the extradition of Yagnesh Devani, who is wanted over the Triton oil scandal, as well as Bishop Gilbert Deya, who is wanted in the country on various allegations of child thefts. Mr Wako noted that Britain had already issued a warrant of arrest for Mr Devani, although it was not clear when it was served.
Asked why Kenya failed to follow the same proceedings over the extradition of several Kenyans to Uganda over allegations of terrorism, the AG claimed that he had not received their warrants of arrest from the Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere. Meanwhile Mr Bellingham noted that the Jersey officials would have to prove their allegations in order for Kenya to extradite the two given the stance that the country had taken. He also reiterated his government's calls to Kenya to tackle impunity and promote accountability.
"The Jersey authorities have to make a case in the courts here and they have to show that it was what we call a prima facie which means there has to be proper evidence before any extradition can take place," he explained. Mr Iteere had earlier indicated that he would only order for the arrests of Mr Okemo and Mr Gichuru once he got the nod from the AG noting that he had already received the same request from the Interpol.
Last Friday, Interpol issued an international arrest alert against Mr Okemo who served as Energy Minister between 1999 and 2001 before being moved to the Finance docket where he served between 2001 and 2003. The same was also issued on Mr Gichuru who served as the Managing Director for the Kenya Power and Lighting Company between 1983 and 2003. They are wanted by the UK over crimes committed more than 10 years ago and are accused of abusing their offices by using proxy companies to squander public funds in addition to receiving bribes amounting to hundreds of millions of shillings from international companies between 1999 and 2002.