Chinese nationals in Ksh.500K SGR bribe case denied bail


Chinese nationals
Chinese nationals - , Li Gen, Li Xiaowu and Sun Xin - who were arrested and arraigned in a Mombasa court for attempting to bribe investigating officers in SGR case.

In Summary

  • The court heard that on November 22, 2018, at the SGR terminus in Mombasa, the three employees of China Roads and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), gave IO Andrew Warui and his team a bribe of Ksh.500,000 so as to tilt the investigations in their favour.
  • They were also charged with bribing Investigating Officer Warui and his team with Ksh.200,000 on November 23 in an attempt to influence the outcome of the investigations.
  • On the third count, Li Xiaowu was charged with giving the Investigating Officer a bribe of Ksh.200, 000 on November 23, 2018.

Three Chinese nationals charged with three counts of offering a bribe in order to influence an ongoing criminal investigation were on Friday denied bond.

In his ruling, Mombasa Chief Magistrate Julius Nang’ea termed the accused a flight risk since they had no fixed abode in Kenya.

He further noted that if the three are dismissed by their employer, it will be hard to trace them to answer to charges before court.

The three; Li Gen, Li Xiaowu and Sun Xin who have been in remand at Shimo la Tewa will now be expected in court again in December 10, 2018 for the pre-trial conference.

The ruling comes after a successful petition by the prosecution who told the court of the trio’s potential to interfere with witnesses if released on bail/bond.

The court heard that SGR is a matter of immense national interest and therefore all the people of Kenya are affected by the offences allegedly committed.

It is alleged that on November 22, 2018, at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) terminus in Mombasa, the three employees of China Roads and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), gave Investigating Officer Andrew Warui and his team a bribe of Ksh.500,000 so as to tilt the investigations in their favour.

On the second count, they were charged with bribing Investigating Officer Warui and his team with Ksh.200,000 on November 23 in an attempt to influence the outcome of the investigations.

On the third count, Li Xiaowu was charged with giving the Investigating Officer a bribe of Ksh.200, 000 on November 23, 2018.

The accused persons have since denied all charges.

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