Businessman implicated in land fraud in Nairobi presented in court

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A Nairobi businessman who is implicated in land fraud in Nairobi has been presented in court.

Abdirashid Abdul Sharifow alias Zainulabidin Sharif is accused of willfully procuring the registration of title land LR. NO. 209/3630 by falsely pretending to be the genuine and valid registered owner of the said property.

Sharifow is alleged to have committed the offence between 7th January 2018 and 29th June 2020 at the Ministry of Lands Headquarters in Nairobi county, jointly with others not before court.

In another count, Sharifow is accused that on 5th May this year at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Headquarters in Nairobi county, with intent to deceive, he presented himself to Chief Inspector Wanga Masake as Zainulabidin Sharif, a fraudulent registered owner of the said land. 

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi but did not plead to the charges after his lawyer informed the court that there is an order from the High Court staying the criminal case.

The court deferred the matter to allow the prosecution verify the said order claimed to be issued by the Environment and Land Court.

Sharifow also told the court that the charge sheet was defective since the person referred therein as alias is a known person with identity card. 

He was released on a cash bail of Sh 100,000 pending plea taking.