scandal,Flight risk Cameroonian denied bond in Sh1bn gold fraud

A Cameroon national linked to the Sh1 billion gold fraud was on Friday denied bond by a Nairobi court after authorities termed him a flight risk.

Ronald Nelson will be detained at the Kilimani police station until October 3, when further directions will be issued.

The court made the ruling after hearing that Ronald was in the country illegally, having not renewed his visa.

He however claimed the documents had been misplaced.

His co-accused and compatriot Nelson Fru Che was however released after the prosecution said he had a valid passport to be in the country hence not a flight risk.

Fru Che was released on a bond of Sh400,000 by Milimani principal magistrate Gilbert Shikwe, who also granted him an alternative bail of Sh100,000 with two contact persons.

He was ordered to report to the DCI if so required.

On Tuesday, 11 other suspects in the case were released on bail after a magistrate declined to detain them.

Shikwe however allowed police to detain the two Cameroonians who were also implicated in the scandal after it was established that they were flight risks.

“Having perused the application seeking to detain the suspects, the court finds no compelling reasons to warrant detaining them for 21 days as requested,” Shikwe ruled as he released the suspects.

He released Festo Wamwayi, a detective based at the DCI, on a Sh100,000 cash bail while the other 10 suspects were granted Sh20,000 cash bail each.

Those released were David Misiko, Lenace Wakachuka, Rahma Hassan, Joseph Gikonyo, Stephen Andere, Alice Kavata, Flevian Omwoyo, Ian Wekesa, Duncan Muchai and Suleiman Nanji.

The 13 suspects were arrested last week after detectives raided a house in Garden City and busted the plot to defraud a Tunisian national over Sh1 billion in a fake gold scam.

The DCI on Monday made an application in court to detain the suspects for 21 days to complete investigations, arguing that the investigations were complex.

They told the court the suspects were being investigated for conspiracy to commit a felony, being in possession of a firearm and ammunitions without licence and being in possession of forged bank notes.

According to DCI, the suspects had contacted the complainant from Tunisia, one Joseph Lendrix Waswa and the director Melpa Ltd who informed him that he had consignment of gold valued at Sh1 billion and was being held in at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The complainant travelled from Tunisia on September 1, and was received by Waswa and his group and hosted at Ngara in Nairobi waiting to be shown the gold consignment, which turned out to be fake.

All the 13 suspects are expected in court on October 3, to know whether they will be charged in court or not.

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