A University of Nairobi Professor and the Denari Water Company director have been arraigned in court under a miscellaneous application to detain them for five days over Cyber harassment.
Douglas Njoroge Kinyanjui the director of Denari Water Company based in Kijabe, Peter Njoroge Mwaura, and Francis Ndinguri Muhoho a Professor at the University of Nairobi appeared in court where the prosecution requested five days to detain the suspects over cyber harassment contrary to section 27 of computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act No. 5 of 2028 amongst other offenses.
They are said to have called the Chief Officer of Health Nairobi County Geoffrey Omatoke Mosiria through his number demanding a bribe.
The respondents alleged that they were in possession of a document that implicated the Chief Officer in a corruption scandal within the Ministry of Health in Nairobi County.
The chief officer was threatened with dire consequences in the event he failed to cooperate with them.
The Investigation officer said that the suspects upon being arrested mentioned that they were handled over the alleged document by one of the employees of the Nairobi City County.
“The respondents through Aitel number sent three messages threatening the officer,” added the officer.
They alluded that the said document was handled to them by one of the employees of the Nairobi City County.
It was said that for the purpose of conducting a conclusive investigation, they requested for 5 days.
The police said the reasons to have them detained is to complete investigations, conduct identification parade and that the suspects are a flight risk and might interfere with the investigations.
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The first suspect is a company director at Denari Water Company, and he also has a security company.
The defense said that the suspects are not a flight risk and cannot interfere with the investigations because their place of abode can be verified.
“The second suspect works at prevention of infectious diseases based in Kijabe and thus not a flight risk,” added defense.
They added that verifying the owner of Airtel does not mean detention.
The third suspect’s lawyer Mwaura Thuku said his client is a lecturer and the Identification parade can only take 3 hours.
He said the suspects will cooperate with the court and that no charge has been tabled yet.
The court ruled that there were no sufficient grounds to keep the respondents in custody hence releasing them on a cash bail of Ksh 200,000.