Court refuses to release Jared Otieno’s cars over ongoing fraud cases

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Businessman Jared Kiasa Otieno is on the spotlight again, this time on fraud allegations.

The controversial businessman appeared in court with a co accused for a ruling on bond in a case in which they were charged with conspiracy to defraud Mr Sounthorn Chanthavong by pretending they could sell him gold


The High Court’s anti-corruption division on November 20, last year, revisited an order that barred Otieno from using, selling or transferring the vehicle to anyone else.
This meant that the ARA, which had impounded the luxury vehicle pending completion of investigations, would be compelled to return it to Otieno.

Anti-corruption court judge John Onyiego dismissed an application by Jared to have the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) surrender the custom made 2015 Porsche Panamera to him.

Otieno is at the centre of a Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) investigation into a racket that conned a Dubai royal of Sh300 million while claiming to be able to sell him gold worth Sh300 million.

The car was impounded last year alongside a custom-made 2018 Bentley Continental GT worth at least Sh47 million as detectives investigated the fake gold ring that has since entangled embattled Ford-Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula.

This meant that the ARA, which had impounded the luxury vehicle pending completion of investigations, would be compelled to return it to Otieno.

Aggrieved by the court’s decision, the ARA asked both the anti-corruption court and the Court of Appeal to temporarily stop execution of the seizure orders, as it challenged their overturning.

Owing to scarcity of hearing dates, the ARA has been seeking extension of the orders stopping execution of the directive that would have allowed the suspect to take back his vehicle.

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On April 27, Mr Otieno filed a fresh application seeking to recover the vehicle on grounds that the ARA has been abusing the court process by seeking extension of orders barring him from recovering his vehicle.

ARA, however, argued that the Court of Appeal had also issued an extension, hence the High Court would be attempting to supervise a superior court in allowing Mr Otieno to take back his vehicle.

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