Nakuru West MP Samuel Arama has been released on Sh2 million bond with a surety of a similar amount in the case of conspiracy to commit land fraud.
Arama was freed on Tuesday alongside lawyer Kennedy Onkoba by Milimani Antii-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogot.
They were granted the alternative of Sh1 million cash bail each ahead of the pre-trial hearing on July 9.
The two were remanded on Monday after denying charges of conspiring to defraud a businessman of his land by having the property transferred to the politician.
In his ruling, the magistrate noted that the prosecution did not give good reasons for the accused to be denied release.
“It is their constitutional right to be [granted]bail pending the hearing and determination of the case.”
Senior state counsel Joseph Riungu had opposed the bail request saying the MP was likely to interfere with key witnesses. Riungu also cited a demonstration at Nakuru police station by people who demanded Arama’s release.
He added that the accused were taken to Nairobi after people believed to be Arama’s supporters stormed Railways police station in Nakuru at the weekend demanding their release.
The prosecutor said the crowd confronted police officers, forcing them to use tear gas to disperse them.
Defence lawyers led by Dickson Umar noted Arama and Onkoba’s positions in saying they cannot flee.
The first count against the two states that on diverse dates between August 3 and August 11, 2015, at an unknown place in Nakuru, they conspired with intent to defraud one Ahmed Muhammad.
They allegedly planned to dispossess Muhammad of his plot in the county while pretending that they were carrying out genuine land transfer.
Arama alone is facing counts of making a document without authority, knowingly uttering a document with intent to commit fraud, willfully obtaining the registration of land by false pretences, fraudulently procuring the registration of a certificate of ownership and knowingly misleading an investigator of the EACC.
Onkoba alone is accused of knowingly misleading an investigator acting uner the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit.
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