Gethi, mother in court to stop prosecution over NYS cash theft

Gethi, mother in court to stop prosecution over NYS cash theft

Key National Youth Service (NYS) tendering scam suspect Ben Gethi and his mother will on Thursday appear in court to defend their application seeking to stop their prosecution over alleged money laundering.

Gethi and his mother, Charity Wangui, who are at the center of the multi-million shilling scam, want to bar the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko from prosecuting them before an anti-corruption court on Friday, in relation to the theft of 791 million shillings at the NYS.

Under a certificate of urgency, they claim that the DPP preferred the charge of money laundering against them without establishing whether the stolen amount are proceeds of crime, according to Section 2 of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act.

The two, together with nine others, are accused of money laundering contrary to Section 3 and 4 of the Act.

In a separate suit filed on Monday, Gethi said preferring two criminal charges against him amounts to double jeopardy, which is against the rules of fair trial.

High Court Judge George Odunga directed the two to serve the DPP.

Last week, the High Court temporarily stopped the prosecution of the 11 suspects linked to the 791 million shillings theft at the National Youth Service (NYS).

Businesswoman Josephine Kabura, John Kago Ndungu, Patrick Ogolla Onyango and Ben Gethi Wangui are accused of arranging the purchase of a Range Rover Reg. No: KCB 750Z worth 23 million shillings with proceeds of crime between December 31st, 2014 and 30th April 2015.

Kabura, Kago and Gethi’s mother, Charity Wangui Gethi, allegedly arranged the purchase of a Jeep Cherokee KCD 241Q worth 6.3 million shillings.

According to the DPP, between 1st December 2014 and 30th April 2015, Kabura, Kago, Charity Wangui Gethi, Patrick Ogolla Onyango and Gachara Wanjohi arranged the transfer of 77.6 million shillings to an account belonging to Gethi’s mother at Faulu Kenya, among other counts.

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Maureen Murimi
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