Court acquits Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi in fake academic papers case


A Nairobi anti-corruption court has acquitted Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi in his fake academic certificates case.

While acquitting the MP, Chief Magistrate Felix Kombo found that Sudi had no case to answer and acquitted him under section 210 of the criminal procedure code.

C.M Kombo ruled that the prosecution failed to establish a strong case against Sudi to warrant him to be put on his defense.

Further, the magistrate found that there was no sufficient evidence in the case since the prosecution had also failed to produce the documents in question.

“Failure to produce and prove the documents means the charge can not stand,” the magistrate ruled.

In addition, the court ruled that part of the evidence in the case (Sudi’s statement) had been obtained in a hotel thereby raising issues of credibility.

Sudi was charged on 6th October 2016 with nine counts of offenses after allegedly presenting forged academic papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in order to be cleared to vie for his seat in 2013.

The court heard that the MP, with the intent to deceive, forged a diploma certificate in business management, purporting that it had been issued by the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

The lawmaker had also been charged with forging a KCSE certificate from Highway High school and several other counts of giving false information to an IEBC officer, lying to the electoral body and the EACC.