Barely hours after getting back access to his bank accounts, New International International Church Pastor Ezekiel Odero on Tuesday, May 23, expanded his legal team and cautioned the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Amin Mohammed.
The newly expanded team is made up of both young and seasoned Lawyers including Danstan Omari, Cliff Ombeta, Stephen Mogaka, Litty Kathurima, Martin Swiga, Paul Muchiri and Elizabeth Mungui.
Others were Michelle Omwoyo, Elkana Mokua, Elkana Musyoki, Judith Kerubo, Shadrack Wambui, Anita Masaki and Wycliffe Omayid, all of who will take on the State over attempts to link Pastor Ezekiel to money laundering and the Shakahola Massacre.
The first assignment of the expanded team was to write to Director of Criminal Investigations Amin Mohammed asking him to warn his officers to refrain from contacting the Mavueni-based Pastor directly.
"We have instructions from Ev. Ezekiel Ombok Odero (Hereinafter referred to as our client) to write to you in reference to the above and further as under.
"As you may reasonably be aware, we have been the desired and trusted legal representative of Pastor Ezekiel Ombok Odero since the 27th April 2023 when your officer inter alia caused his arrest in the names of commencing criminal investigations against him," read part of the letter to DCI Amin.
The thirteen Lawyers explained that it was within the rights of Pastor Ezekiel to enjoy his peace without being bothered from time to time by investigators' endless questioning.
It was noted that the investigators had made several visits to Mavueni Complex, and was already making Pastor Ezekiel's life difficult.
"Thus it is common that on all matters legal that concern Pastor Ezekiel Ombok Odero, a team of lawyers led by myself has full instructions to take up and disseminate information to our client.
"As such and flowing from the desire of the client to have desired legal representatives pursuant to article 50 of the Constitution, we have instructions to request you to direct your officers to consequently speak to our client through ourselves," read part of the letter.
However, the lawyers told Amin that Pastor Ezekiel was ready to fully corporate with the investigators since he was equally bothered by the allegations against him.
"Our client maintains his innocence and commitment to assist you in your investigations but requests that henceforth, any invitations or summons to him to do anything permissible in law should be done through and with the knowledge of his legal representatives," the Lawyers warned DCI boss Amin.
A team of officers from the DCI on Monday, May 22, camped at the Mavueni complex and questioned Pastor Ezekiel as they reviewed the evidence that they had gathered.
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