Obado free, pre-trial hearing set for February next year


Migori Governor Okoth Obado at the Milimani High Court on October 24, 2018. Photo/DZUYA WALTER
Migori Governor Okoth Obado at the Milimani High Court on October 24, 2018. Photo/DZUYA WALTER

Migori Governor Okoth Obado has been freed on a Ksh.5million bail after spending almost a month in remand prison.

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Obado is also expected to pay two sureties of a similar amount and avoid going anywhere near the murder scene.

“He shall not go anywhere within 20Kms of Homabay County boundary on all sides of that county,” Justice Jessie Lessit warned.

She further directed that Obado should not skip any court session as his bail could be revoked at any time.

The Migori Governor was charged over the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno on September 24.

On Wednesday, Lady Justice Lessit further warned Obado against communicating with the parents, siblings or rather any close relative of the deceased.

“The accused will refrain from contacting or intimidating whether directly or by proxy witnesses in this case,” she said, adding that he should not discuss the case in a political meeting or private gathering.

The Prosecution stated that they would be calling 30 witnesses in the case.

The High Court judge further directed Obado to deposit travel documents and be reporting to the deputy registrar once a month.

The pre-trial hearing has been set for February 14, 2019.

The hearing will then commence on May 6-17 the same year excluding Saturdays and Sundays.

His co-accused Michael Oyamo and Caspal Obiero were however denied bail.

Justice Lessit however said they have the right of appeal for bail or bond.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, supporters of Obado were locked out of the court compound.

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