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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Magistrate denies 37 foreigners bail

Some of the Chinese nationals who were arraigned at the Milimani law court for operating illegal telecommunication in the Country yesterday.Photo/Philip Kamakya
Some of the Chinese nationals who were arraigned at the Milimani law court for operating illegal telecommunication in the Country yesterday.Photo/Philip Kamakya

A group of 37 foreigners accused of operating illegal telecommunications services have been denied bail.

The 23 Taiwanese, 13 Chinese and one Thai, who denied the charges, will remain in custody until today when High Court judge Luka Kimaru will rule whether they can be released on bond.

Senior principal magistrate Lucy Mbugua denied them bail following an application by prosecutor Duncan Ondimu that the suspects are a flight risk.

Ondimu said police are likely to prefer more charges against the suspects.

Mbugua declined to release them on bail.

The 37 were arrested on December 1 in Runda estate, Nairobi.

The prosecution says that they committed the offence with other suspects.

Thirteen of the suspects are women aged between 19 and 25 years.

Through their lawyer Tom Wachakana, the suspects said they had filed a petition before the High Court seeking to be released on bail.

The suspects appeared in court on Monday but did not plead to the charges because of lack of a language translator.

Yesterday, the court provided two interpreters – one for the Thai suspect and another for the rest of the suspects who understand Chinese.

Mbugua directed the suspects to be held at Industrial Area remand prison pending the ruling today.

The case will be mentioned on December 30 and trial will begin on January 13.

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