One of two suspects arrested in Ksh176 million (USD1.3 million) money laundering saga was arraigned at the Makadara Law Courts, on Monday, April 24.
Detectives, on April 9, arrested the two law enforcement officers after finding the money stashed inside a blue Mercedes Benz along Kiambu Road.
It was not established whether the money belonged to the police officers or the criminals they reportedly worked with.
The sleuths, nonetheless, seized the money and the car as exhibits and accused the duo of aiding other suspects, under police radar, to escape.
The lead investigator told the court that the two officers imposed themselves as Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) detectives and went to arrest one of the fugitives in Kileleshwa.
Instead of apprehending the criminal, the accused officers let the informers elope in the staged arrest.
“The accused person herein was invited to make an arrest around Kileleshwa.
"We suspect that the person set to be arrested was working with a group of people involved in money laundering,” the lead detective narrated.
She added that two were nabbed by Starehe-based DCI detectives and detained at a police station for 10 days.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty before the chief magistrate.
The second suspect, a police officer at the Langata Women’s Prison, was not in court as he filled out a miscellaneous application. He will thus be arraigned in court on Thursday, April 27.
A miscellaneous petition is filed to initiate proceedings seeking specific relief.
After listening to the defendant and the prosecutor, the magistrate directed the case to be mentioned on Wednesday, October 11.
He also ordered both sides to file their responses and other evidence to guide the court.
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