Kenyan court denies bail to suspects in $100 million graft scandal
06 Jun 2018

A Kenyan court denied bail on Tuesday to dozens of suspects detained in a corruption scandal involving the theft of nearly $100 million (£74.7 million) worth of public funds, and it ordered that they remain incarcerated throughout the trial.

The 43 suspects, who include public servants and private business people, were detained in recent days and are facing charges including abuse of office and conspiracy to commit an economic crime.

The money was lost at the government-run National Youth Service (NYS), which helps to train young people and deploys them to projects ranging from construction to traffic control.

“I find the charges facing the suspects are serious,” Douglas Ogoti, a magistrate at a court in the capital Nairobi, said in his ruling on their application to be released on bail.

He said some of their crimes were a “threat to national security” and ordered them to be remain in custody until the conclusion of the trial.

– By Humphrey Malalo, Reuters, 5 June 2018

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