DPP Orders Interpol to Arrest Former High Court Judge Justice Philip Ransley

  • The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has been ordered to arrest former Justice (Rtd) Philip Ransley over the theft of Ksh152 million from a client. 

    Following an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji, Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi issued the arrest warrant against the judge on Monday. 

    The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) had also been ordered to trace and serve Justice Ransley, who has since relocated to the United Kingdom, with the summons to appear before the lawyers' disciplinary tribunal to answer to charges of stealing client's money.

    All warrants have since been handed over to Interpol who has been tasked with the execution of the arrest.

    [caption caption="Justice Phillip Ransley during a press briefing together with the late Internal Security Minister George Saitoti"][/caption]

    The money in question belongs to Mr John Rowland Minns', who had deposited to Justice Ransley's law firm, Ransley McVicker & Shaw Advocates following a sale of Minns' land in Karen. 

    However, Justice Ransley did not eventually transfer the money which had been deposited to the law firm's clients account held at the Imperial Bank in 2015 to Mr Minns as per their agreement.

    The judge and Mr Minns are stated to have been friends for at least 40 years. 

    Following previous failures by LSK to serve the judge, the court has directed them to appear before it on November 12, 2018, to explain the alternative method it will use to serve Justice Ransley with the proceedings. 

    Ms Virginia Wangui Shaw, Justice Ransley's partner, has since been absolved of any involvement in the theft of the money by a tribunal formed by the LSK.

    According to the tribunal, Ms Shaw was not responsible for the loss of Mr Minns' money as proved by the consent papers of the involved parties.

    [caption caption="Interpol detectives having a meeting during the Westgate Mall attack"][/caption]