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NYS Suspects Kabura, Gethi Charged Afresh then Freed on Ksh.300K Bail

In the new charge sheet presented on Tuesday, the Prosecution added one new count against Kabura, John Kago Ndungu and Partick Ogola Onyago

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Josephine Kabura, Ben Gethi and eight others have pleaded afresh to money laundering charges over the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

BY GEOFFREY ISAYA

Josephine Kabura, Ben Gethi and eight others have pleaded afresh to money laundering charges over the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

In the new charge sheet presented on Tuesday, the Prosecution added one new count against Kabura, John Kago Ndungu and Partick Ogola Onyago.

The particulars on the count 16 reads that between December 1, 2014 and May 30, 2015 in Nairobi, the three accused persons are alleged to have engaged in an arrangement for the transfer of Ksh. 90million into K-rep Ban Account belonging to Patrick Ogolla Onyango T/A Ogola and company Advocates.

This, according to Prosecution, they did while knowing or ought to have known the said money was the proceeds of crime, stolen from NYS.

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The Prosecution further alleged that the effect was to conceal the source of the Ksh. 791million. Also amended are the dates for the offences.

It is alleged that the said offences in the charge sheet were committed between December 2014 and April 2015.

Out 35 witnesses lined up to testify against the accused persons only nine have testified.

The Prosecution also indicated to the court they have not recorded nay new witness statements and if they do do they will serve the defence on time.

 

Similarly, the defence said that they do not intend to recall the witnesses who have already testified in the case.

The accused persons were first arraigned in court in the year 2016 and were charged with 15 counts.

Some of the proceeds were used to buy cars including Range Rover, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Prado, Land Cruiser and other properties.

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NYS suspects when they appeared in court,two out of them were charged afresh on Tuesday and released on bail.

They all pleaded not guilty to the new amended charges and are out on cash bail of  Ksh. 300,000 each.

 

The case will be heard next month.

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NIA to file Chargesheet against Controversial Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik

As per officials, all formalities to file the chargesheet against Naik have been completed and will be duly submitted before a special court within this week

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Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is an Indian Islamic preacher, and the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 24, 2017: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to charge sheet the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for his alleged involvement in money laundering and terror funding activities in India.

As per officials, all formalities to file the charge sheet against Naik have been completed and will be duly submitted before a special court within this week.

The evangelical preacher with an active television presence first came under the lens of security forces following confessions by some terrorists in Bangladesh allegedly involved in the attacks on a café in Dhaka in last July. The perpetrators had claimed that they were reportedly inspired by Naik’s hate speeches.

Following the allegations, the Islamic –preacher had fled from India on July 1, 2016, and continues to live outside the country.

Consequently, on November 18, 2016, the NIA had registered a case in its Mumbai branch against Zakir Naik under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.  Previously, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Zakir Naik’s NGO based in Mumbai has also been declared an unlawful organization as per the directives of the Union Home Ministry.

It was alleged that Zakir Naik and his connections were allegedly indulging in ‘unlawful activities’ that were proving to be hazardous for the country and its youth.

In an official statement in April this year, the Enforcement Directorate had said that Zakir Naik “through his provocative utterance (is) promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India.”

The statement had also said that “His inflammatory speeches and lectures have inspired and incited a number of Muslim youths in India to commit unlawful activities and terrorist acts.”

All these charges were repeatedly denied by Naik.

Additionally, the Ministry of External Affairs also revoked Zakir Naik’s passport on behest of the NIA earlier this year.

The NIA had also thrice issued notices to Zakir Naik to cooperate and join the investigations. However, he did not comply and did not appear before it.

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Zakir Naik’s NGO has been alleged to hold ‘dubious’ links to an international Islamic TV channel ‘Peace TV’ accused of propagating terrorism. Naik was also alleged to have to transferred IRF’s international funding to the TV channel to make ‘objectionable’ programmes.

As per the Home Ministry, Zakir Naik has made multiple hate speeches that provoke people to engage in terrorist propaganda. It has been previously revealed that a handful of Indian youth allegedly inspired by Naik, have left their homes to join Islamic State forces.

Zakir Naik’s speeches are banned in US, Malaysia, and Canada.

The televangelist, who had fled the country in July last year after his name had surfaced during a probe into the Bangladesh terror attacks, continues to live in Saudi Arabia and is now being probed by the NIA under charges of money laundering and terror funding.