- The accused were arraigned before Nairobi Milimani Chief Magistrate Court were they denied the offence
- The trial Magistrate Lucas Onyina gave the accused an alternative bond of Ksh. 800,000 each and one surety of a similar amount
Kenya Bureau Of Standards (KEBS) Managing Director Bernard Njiraini and seven others have denied a criminal charge of stealing toxic sugar valued at Ksh. 20 million.
The accused were arraigned before Nairobi Milimani Chief Magistrate Court were they denied the offence and were released on a cash bail of Ksh. 400,000 each plus one contact person.
The trial Magistrate Lucas Onyina gave the accused an alternative bond of Ksh. 800,000 each and one surety of a similar amount.
“You are released on a bond term of Ksh. 800,000 each and one surety. The accused person can also deposit Ksh. 400,000 pluses one contact person,” Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina ruled.
The magistrate further warned the accused persons against interfering with witnesses.
The accused according to prosecution are said to have committed the offence between 9th 2022 and 3rd May 2023.
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The product was meant for the use in distillation of industrial ethanol by Kenya Revenue Authority.
The MD was charged alongside Joseph Kiagu, Derrick Njeru, Peter Njoroge and Crispus Waithaka.
Other accused persons include Mohammed Hassan, Abdi Yusu and Pollyanne Njeri.
According to the prosecution the said product were discovered in godown in Makongeni area in Thika between 21st April 2023 and 3rd May 202.
“The products were to stolen from King’s commodity limited in Thika Kiambu County,” court assistant read to the accused
The court directed that the matter be mentioned on 6th June for purposes pretrial conference.