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Magistrate hands Kamau reprieve in corruption case

Suspended Transport secretary Michael Kamau at a Nairobi court on June 16, 2015. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
Suspended Transport secretary Michael Kamau at a Nairobi court on June 16, 2015. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL 

Suspended Transport secretary Michael Kamau on Tuesday got a temporary reprieve after the court deferred for a month his prosecution over allegations of abuse of office.

Senior principal magistrate Lawrence Mogambi allowed a request to put on hold the trial to allow Chief Justice Willy Mutunga appoint a three-judge Bench to hear Mr Kamau’s petition challenging the legality of his prosecution.

“Following directions that this matter be referred to the CJ to appoint a Bench, the court cannot proceed with the hearing as the CJ’s direction may affect the outcome. The proceedings will, therefore, be put on hold until he gives directions,” said Mr Mogambi.

The magistrate, however, said should the Bench to be appointed by Dr Mutunga fail to stop the proceedings, he would fix a hearing date for the trial to continue.

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