Court rejects KSh200,000 cash bail for Soi


Under-fire Team Kenya Chef-de-Mission, Stephen arap Soi (right) with sprinter Alex Sampao, Caleb Mwangangi, Betsy ...
Under-fire Team Kenya Chef-de-Mission, Stephen arap Soi (right) with sprinter Alex Sampao, Caleb Mwangangi, Betsy Saina and Nicholas Kemboi when he visited their training camp to present Nike kit in Eldoret. PHOTO/Charity Wanja

The court has declined to accept a KSh200,000 cash bail from lawyers representing National Olympics Committee- Kenya (Nock) Chef-de-Mission, Stephen arap Soi and has instead directed that he appears in court once he is discharged from hospital.

Soi, who is facing charges related to abuse of office in mistreating Team Kenya athletes for the Rio 2016 Olympics, theft of official Nike kit as well as neglect of duty, on Wednesday failed to show up in court for a second time with his lawyers alleging he had been admitted at the Nairobi Hospital.

Senior Principle Magistrate, Charity Ouloch, also directed that Soi should not leave the jurisdiction adding that an order be served in all exit points in migration. This is even as his wife and the lawyer deposited Soi’s passport at the Milimani Law Courts.

The investigating officer in the case was also directed to verify the medical report that was presented in court to ascertain his current status. Through his lawyer, Kimutai Bosek, the court was told that Soi is admitted at the Nairobi Hospital adding that Soi is diabetic.

Soi was rushed to hospital after he was released from custody on a 50,000 shillings police bond on health grounds on Sunday.

His colleague and with whom he faces the charges alongside, Nock Treasurer Fridah Bilha Mulwale Shiroya, was on Wednesday released on a cash bail of Ksh200,000 and directed to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters twice every week for the next 19 days.

Shiroya was also directed to deposit her passport to the court as the prosecution was granted a warrant to search her shop in Nairobi that investigators believe some of the kit alleged to have been pinched from Team Kenya is being stored for sale.

Soi’s matter will be mentioned on the 8th of this month.

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