Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu case suspended, referred to High Court


In Summary

  • On Friday, lawyers representing Mwilu increased in number from 32 to 44.
  • Led by Senator James Orengo, the defence team presented a copy of the amended orders from the High Court.

The criminal proceedings against Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu have been suspended and referred to the High Court.

Pending hearing and determination, the case will be mentioned on October 22, 2018.

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Prosecutor Alexander Muteti however maintained that that Mwilu’s arrest and subsequent arraignment should not be taken as an attack on the independence of Judiciary.

“The DPP will obey the orders of the court …we will uphold the rule of law and we are committed to uphold the rights of the accused person,” Mutei added.

On Friday, lawyers representing Mwilu increased in number from 32 to 44.

Led by Senator James Orengo, the defence team presented a copy of the amended orders from the High Court that had caused the adjournment of proceedings on Wednesday over a clerical error.

After the magistrate delivered his ruling, Orengo said: “Let’s meet at the High Court and come there ready to speak loudly.”

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Mwilu, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, over alleged transactions involving the collapsed Imperial Bank.

The embattled Deputy Chief Justice was then charged with various counts among them abuse of office and forgery.

She was however released later on Tuesday evening on a Ksh.5 million bond.

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