Former National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) official Stephen Soi has filed an application under a certificate of urgency seeking to be released from prison on bail pending appeal.
Soi was in September convicted to a 17-year jail term after failing to raise the Ksh.115 million fine imposed on him after he was found guilty of misappropriation of funds and abuse of office in Rio Olympics scandal.
In his appeal, he argues that he is dissatisfied with the said sentence and conviction adding that his appeal is arguable with high chances of success and if bail is not granted at this stage, the appeal will be rendered nugatory.
He says he is 65 years old and suffers from several chronic diseases which require constant attention from his personal doctor.
“The appellant requires constant medical check-ups and as such being held in custody may limit his rights to access to medical attention,’’ says Soi
According to Soi, he is apprehensive that his health will be greatly affected if his application to be released on bail pending appeal is not heard and determined expeditiously.
It is his argument that the magistrate erred in law by ruling that he unlawfully authorized payment of excess allowances to team Kenya.
He argues that he is not a flight risk adding that he never abscond court proceedings during his trial.
“The applicant was convicted in 6 counts and for crimes, he is said to have committed while in Nairobi yet there is overwhelming evidence that he was in Brazil at the material time,” he argues.
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