Court summons DCI Kinoti over release of Rashid Echesa’s vehicles


Court summons DCI Kinoti over release of Rashid Echesa's vehicles
Vehicles belonging to former Sports CS Rashid Echesa that were seized by the DCI. PHOTO| COURTESY

A Kiambu Magistrate court has summoned Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti for defying a court order directing the release of motor vehicles belonging to former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

The order issued on Friday requires the DCI to appear in court on July 3.

“You are hereby required to attend this court at 8pm on July 3, 2020 in the above case to explain why you have not released motor vehicle as ordered by the court in the above case and remain in attendance until released,” reads the summon.

Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atembo had on June 10 ruled that the vehicles; a Toyota Lexus, Ford Ranger and a Mercedes Benz E-350, were being held without sufficient reasons thus contrary to the law.

“The act of detaining property without any support or any law of order of the court with sufficient reasons contravenes the constitution which provides for the right to private property and opportunity to be heard,” Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atembo ruled.

Further, the court noted that the three vehicles were not part of the search warrants issued by the court for investigations.

Detectives seized the five vehicles from Echesa on March 2 this year following a complaint made to the DCI Public Complaints Section by a Kisumu resident, who alleged the cars had been fraudulently acquired.

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