IN UK HOSPITAL

Discharge Tabitha Karanja's husband from tax case, DPP told

Lawyer James Orengo tells court that Joseph has been unwell and his medical condition is serious

In Summary
  • This is after the court was told Joseph Karanja has been unwell and his medical condition is serious.
  • Milimani principal magistrate Esther Kimilu pushed the mention date to June 14.
Keroche chief executive Tabitha Karanja
Keroche chief executive Tabitha Karanja
Image: FILE

Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has been urged to discharge Keroche Breweries director Tabitha Karanja’s husband in the Sh14 billion tax evasion case.

The court was told Joseph Karanja has been unwell and his medical condition is serious.

“Your Honour, Mr Karanja is a senior citizen aged 71, has been unwell and his condition is very serious and complex awaiting surgery," lawyer James Orengo told the court.

"We wish to have his name removed from the charge sheet."

Medical reports tabled in court by Orengo said Karanja was seriously sick and was admitted at Karen Hospital.

The hospital later referred Karanja to the UK where he is currently being treated.

 The prosecution did not oppose but admitted that they had received the medical report and needed more time to forward it to the DPP for further direction.

Milimani principal magistrate Esther Kimilu pushed the mention date to June 14.

In the case, Tabitha and Karanja have denied ten counts related to tax evasion amounting to Sh14.5 billion.

Tabitha is out on Sh10 million bail or an alternative Sh5 million bond.

Karanja was released on a bond of Sh1 million or in the alternative Sh2 million bail.

Their company was ordered to deposit Sh15 million cash bail to the court.

(Edited by Tabnacha O)

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