Barclays Bank fake money case linked to Adede hits a snag


Eric Adede and three other suspects in the Barclays fake money saga.
File image of Eric Adede and three other suspects in the Barclays fake money saga. PHOTO| CIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • During the hearing on Tuesday, the four claimed that their identity cards and mobile phones were being held by the prosecution illegally.
  •   According to them, the prosecution had not indicated in the inventory that they intended to use the documents during the trial.
  •   The court then directed that Adede be issued his original identification card which is being held by the prosecution.

A Nairobi court on Tuesday adjourned the Ksh.2billion fake money case involving Barclays Bank calling for more evidence on the suspects including Eric Adede.

Milimani Law Court Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi on Tuesday directed the prosecutors to provide the court with a CCTV footage tying Adede to the case.

“There are photographs from the crime scene which are not marked and we are having difficulties accessing them,” he said.

The Magistrate also wants Central bank reports that show the authenticity of the currency provided that supposedly implicated Mr. Adede.

Adede was arrested by officers from the Flying Squad in March this year alongside three other suspects at the Barclays Bank, Queensway Branch in Nairobi.

This is after fake Ksh.2billion cash was discovered in a safe deposit box said to be his inside the bank.

However, the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy to defraud one Muriithi Mbuthia of Ksh.20million and were freed on cash bail.

During the hearing on Tuesday, the four claimed that their identity cards and mobile phones were being held by the prosecution illegally.

According to them, the prosecution had not indicated in the inventory that they intended to use the documents during the trial.

The court then directed that Adede be issued his original identification card which is being held by the prosecution.

He also submitted that they still need to know the status of the authentication of the currency.

However, the prosecution said that the issue of authentication is currently being heard at the High Court before Justice John Mativo and the hearing is still ongoing.

As for the suspects’ mobile phones, they said that the collected items are still being used as exhibits.

Adede had also been charged with allegations of being in possession of minerals contrary to the law. The matter is set to be mentioned on July 3.

Adede is a former political aspirant and vied in the 2017 Homabay Town constituency primaries under the flagship of the Orange Democratic Movement(ODM).

He however lost to Peter Opondo Kaluma just three years after losing in the election for chairman of Gor Mahia FC.

Report by Sophia Roberts

 

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