Man in Barclays Bank ‘fake money’ saga wants DCI to produce the cash, says it was genuine

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

An accused person allegedly behind the Barclays Bank Ksh.2 billion saga wants the court to order the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to produce the money.

Eric Otieno Adede said over Ksh.20billion should be presented in court within 24 hours of the hearing of the filed application.

“The applicant is apprehensive that the DCI might tamper with the aforesaid currency that does not form part of the criminal case thus depriving him of his money,” Adede said.

According to him, the DCI is illegally holding and has continued to withhold the said sums of money that do not form a part of the charges in the criminal case.

He further claimed that the DCI is using the said sums of money and alleging it to be fake, a fact he knows to be untrue, to publicly boost the public profile of the said office and embarrass him at media briefings.

According to the court papers, Adede claims that the DCI is illegally and in bad faith withholding the said sums of money without any legitimate basis nor orders of the court.

“The DCI is under public duty to be fair and just in the execution of his duties,’’ argues Adede

Adede affirmed that he is the owner of a box held at Barclays Bank Queens way branch containing 420,067,900 in 100-dollar domination among other items.

He added that on March 19, 2019, the DCI with the collusion of Barclays in full glare of media, hastily and unlawfully broke into said box and seized the contents there belonging to him.

He claims that he has been a holder of the box at Barclays since November 25, 2017.

Similarly, he claims that the DPP has acted and continues to act in excess of his powers in refusing to release the money that is not being used in the criminal case.

He has named the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Barclays Bank of Kenya and Director of Public Prosecutions as respondents in the case.

Adede together with three other accused persons were on March 26 this year charged with attempting to defraud a businessman Ksh.20 million.

The four were accused of conspiring to defraud the trader by falsely pretending they were carrying out a genuine business as investors.

Prosecution further accused Adede of being found in possession of 41.373 kilograms of brass in contravention of the mining Act.

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