KRA staff move to challenge their detention, want freedom until 48 colleagues are arrested

Detained Kenya Revenue Authority staff have gone to court to challenge their detention.

The 41, who were arraigned on Monday for tax evasion charges, were kept in police custody for 14 days after the court granted the prosecution request to allow for conclusion of investigations.

In an application, the suspects have expressed their fears that they could continue being detained if the 48 associates are not arrested before the lapse of the impugned 14 days.

They submit that by virtue of their arrest and having been interdicted, they cannot interfere with investigations since they have no access to their employer’s premises at KRA or any of the stations in the country.

The suspects say they are willing to cooperate with the police and respond to any queries as would be directed by the court.

The court will deliver its ruling tomorrow.

The prosecution says that investigations are still ongoing and that they need more time to conduct investigations which include a detailed analysis on 178 mobile phone numbers and M-pesa statements, forensic examination on the said phones and laptops seized.

The application by the suspects followed another by four KRA staff – Joseph Kuyo Legei, Georgry Kipsang Ngeno, Felix Ndabuki Kimeu and Caleb Angwenyi Auka – filed an application seeking anticipatory bail.

The four had been summoned to appear at a Directorate of Criminal Investigations office near them for questioning in connection with tax evasion.

This is even as 15 more KRA officials appeared in court, the prosecution seeking for 21 days to allow them conclude investigations.

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