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Tough Time For Sonko As His Lawyer Walks Out Of Court During Case Proceedings

Shadrack Olaka

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John Khaminwa a lawyer representing the former Nairobi governor has walked out of the courtroom during the case proceedings of his client Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s graft case.

The lawyer claimed that his reason for walking out of the courtroom during the hearing is because he is not fairly treated in terms of being furnished with the proper documents, while also trying to find the answers on the court’s decision of excluding media from covering the event.

In addition, the Lawyer said he didn’t find any legit reason why the media should be absent from the proceedings given that it was a public hearing.

The lawyer said that the constitution under Article 50, the media represents the public and there is no way it should be shut out.

He further stated that one of the accused persons in the case had been found testing positive for the Covid-19 and that an application requesting for the adjournment of the hearing sent to Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti due to the circumstances was rejected.

The former Governor is appearing at the Milimani Law court for the hearing of a Ksh 10 million graft case which is taking place outside the chambers as per the Covid-19 rules.

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Douglas Ogoti the Chief Magistrate had earlier rejected an application by Sonko’s defense lawyers requesting to adjourn the case, stating that an independent medical report indicates that Sonko is fit to stand trial for he is mentally sound.

On March 4, Ogoti also dismissed an application by the ex- governor to recuse himself from handling his (Sonko’s) case.

Magistrate Ogoti ruled that the governor’s defence team failed to provide enough evidence to prove that he is bias and attempts to subvert justice.

The former governor’s case has been on since the month of September in the year 2020.

Lately, the governor has been in and out of court from the Nairobi Hospital where he was admitted until the previous week.

Mike Sonko in the company of a medical worker and is facing a corruption case of Sh10 million before Trial Magistrate Douglas Ogoti and another graft case of Sh14 million before Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ooko of the Anti-Corruption Court.

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