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UPDATE: Wednesday, January 19, 5.14 p.m: Businessman Jimi Wanjigi was on Wednesday, January 18, freed by a High Court in Nairobi.
Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi alleviated Wanjigi from being arrested or charged pending the determination of a case he filed in court challenging his arrest
The billionaire had been acquitted with no charges preferred against him.
also lifted the warrants issued against him and his wife, Irene Nzisa.
A High Court in Nairobi has suspended the prosecution of businessman, Jimi Wanjigi.
This is to allow for the verification of a court order issued to stop the arrest of Wanjigi until February 9, 2022.
Wanjigi appeared in court on Wednesday, January 19, following his arrest at his Kwacha Offices in Westlands Nairobi by officers over the alleged fraudulent acquisition of land.Businessman Jimi Wanjigi at the Kamukiji Police Station after his arrest at his Westlands Offices on January 18. 2022.File
Earlier, the businessman had refused to take a plea in court, citing the court order.
The business mogul's legal team led by Willis Otieno told Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi that they had obtained a court order on January 18 to stop his arrest.
"The order was issued on January 18, advanced copies served on the respondents at 3.30 p.m or thereabout.
"It is an insult to this judicial process for the same respondents to purport to arrest, seek to register or continue with any charges," Otieno stated.
Eveline Onuga, a representative from the ODPP asked the court to allow it more time to verify the order.
The court has adjourned until 1pm to verify the said court orders after which it will be clear whether or not Wanjigi will be charged today.
In a submission made before the court, Otieno told the Senior Magistrate that officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) destroyed property worth Ksh10 million.
“They broke into the office and caused damage to property worth more than Ksh.10 million. We are still doing assessments to come up with the exact figure,” submitted Wanjigi’s lawyer.Heavy police contingent deployed at businessman Jimi Wanjigi's Kwacha offices on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.Courtesyarrest
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