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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Taiwanese fined Sh100,000 for illegal stay

PRICE OF BEING 'KENYAN': Some of the eight Taiwanese at Milimani law courts yesterday.Photo/Philip Kamakya
PRICE OF BEING 'KENYAN': Some of the eight Taiwanese at Milimani law courts yesterday.Photo/Philip Kamakya

Eight Taiwanese were yesterday fined Sh100,000 for being in the country illegally.

They will, however, be remanded for about a year as they await trial for a second charge of forging police abstracts, a charge they denied.

The foreigners purported the documents were genuine police abstracts issued to them by Central police station OCS in Mombasa.

 They faced an alternative charge of altering false documents.

Nairobi magistrate Joseph Karanja said he considered an application by the prosecution that the accused remain in custody until their cases are finalised.

The eight were arrested at Ngong Avenue, Ngong, in December.

Their arrest came after 77 Chinese were arrested following a fire outbreak at their Runda, Nairobi, residence.

The 77 have denied the charges of illegally running a telecommunication system, conspiring to commit a felony and engaging in organised criminal activity.

Police suspect the foreigners may have been involved in bank fraud, money laundering and other serious financial crimes in other countries using the telecommunication equipment seized.

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