Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajji has withdrawn criminal charges brought against businesses man Jimmy Maina Wanjigi and seven others.
Prosecuting counsel James Gachoka told the trial magistrate Benard Ochoi that after extensive review of the criminal charges the DPP found no sufficient evidence to charge the eight accused persons.
From Accused To Witness
The prosecutor told the court that the DPP will have Wanjigi and his co-accused become prosecution witnesses in a criminal case facing 11 accused persons who have been charged.
“We will have the accused persons in this case to be withdrawn, become the witness in the case that has been constituted,” said the prosecutor
Consequently the court allowed application for the withdrawal of charges under section 87(a) of criminal procedure code(CPC)
Wanjigi’s lawyer Willis Otieno and his fellow defense counsel did not oppose the application for withdrawal.
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On the doorstep of the court the flamboyant businessman cum politician told journalists that the case was against him was politically castigated. This was to bar him from contesting in the 2022 general election as presidential candidate.
“I was politically targeted by my competitors, and they weaponised the DCI to frustrate me as they they campaign,” Wanjigi said.
He also noted that his family was implicated in the criminal charge alleging that there were plans by the state to drag his 91 year old father into the case as suspect.
By Rodgers Oduor