lawyer John Swaka representing the suspects

Thirty eight suspects in the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) tax evasion probe have been prohibited from contacting their offices

Milimani High Court Judge Luka Kimaru has warned the suspects further warned them against interfering with office systems.

The suspects have further been directed to be appearing before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on weekdays at 10.00.

The suspects through their lawyer John Swaka said they are fully complying fully with the prosecution.

“All the suspects have appeared before the court indicating that they are complying with the prosecution,” said Swaka.

Judge Kimaru at the same time upheld Sh 200,000 cash bail granted to the suspects pending the conclusion of investigations.

The 38 suspects were on May 17, 2019 bailed out on a Sh 200,000 bail each

They had been arraigned in court after they were arrested on allegations of tax avoidance and abuse of office.

The prosecution, through Inspector Arthur K Onyango, submitted that it was seeking to arrest more suspects as well as conduct a forensic examination on mobile phones, computers and other electronics obtained from the suspects.

On May 13, 2019 court had ordered the detention of the 38 suspects for 14 days pending the completion of the investigation but they moved to the high court where they were granted a cash bail of Sh 200,000 each to secure their freedom pending the hearing and determination of their application.

The ruling was made soon after the defense through their lawyers made an application to differ a ruling for detention pending the ruling of the high court matter.

Through lawyer Philip Nyachoti, Ian Maina, Tom Ojienda, Danson Omari among other laywers,the suspects pleaded with the court to have a hearing on custodial orders delayed pending the outcome of the matter at the high court.

 The matter involving the 38 suspects will be mentioned on June 13, 2019.

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