Flamboyant businessman Jared Otieno will spend another 7 days in police cells as detectives from the DCI office complete investigations related to alleged fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses.
This is after Milimani Senior resident magistrate Paul Mayova allowed an application by the Police to continue holding him at Kileleshwa police station pending a probe.
Jared through lawyer Stanley Kangai objected to the application by the prosecution on the grounds that the application is unconstitutional since there is no holding charges that were place against the suspect.
Kangai informed the court that there is no link between the 15 suspects who have been detained in connection with Sh 400million gold scam from royal family in Dubai.
“We urge the court to admit the suspect on bail because he is ready to abide with all conditions that will be set by the court and co-operate with investigators,” said lawyer Stanly Kangai who is also representing Jared
The trial Magistrate was told that preliminary investigations reveal that Otieno is involved in this scam, despite the fact that he presented himself to the DCI upon learning through social media that police were looking for him.
However in reply to the application seeking his detention of Otieno his lawyer Stanley Kangai, said that amount complained of was a genuine transaction which all parties are in agreement.
Jared said his place of abode is known to the officers and that he is not a flight risk and is willing to shed light on the subject of ongoing investigations.
The businessman said that he was never arrested and that he presented himself to DCI headquarters at 5.30 am after receiving rumors that he is being sought by police.
“I will not interfere with investigations lead by DCI boss George Kinoti as I am an ordinary citizen and I have no state machinery to interfere with such kind of probe,” said Jared.
Stanley Kangai informed the court that there is no link between the 15 suspects who have been detained in connection with Sh 400million gold scam from royal family in Dubai.
“For the police to seek detention of 14 days is a pure malice and the application to detain Jared is a limitation to the fundamental rights to the suspect,” said Ayuo.
However,the Prosecution said that holding charge cannot be brought if the investigation officer and prosecution is not clear on the charge to frame against the suspect and they need to be clear on what charges to charge the suspect before charges are preferred.
In an affidavit to detain Jared, the investigation officers wanted to detain Jared for 14 days saying that he is a person of interest into a case of obtaining money by false pretenses contrary to section 315 of the penal code.
Investigation Officer, Felix Karisa said that on May 8, 2019 and February 25, 2019 a foreigner Southern Chanthavong from Lao who deal in buying and selling of gold is alleged to have been lured to a house situated along Kaptei road, Kaptei Gardens House number 12.
“During the transaction the said complainant lost USD 3,000,000 equivalent to Sh 300m after he was duped into believing that the items he bought were genuine Gold.
” On the 13 May 2019 though a tip off to the office of the DCI officers raided the said house where they arrested 15 people who believed to be Otieno’s employees” the court heard,
The trial Magistrate was told that preliminary investigations reveal that Otieno is involved in this scam, despite fact he presented himself to the DCI upon learning through social media that police were looking for him.
The case will be mentioned on May 24.