Court has released the passports of Garissa County Governor Ali Korane to enable him to travel to Saudi Arabia for religious engagements.
Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed that the documents should be deposited back in court on 17th May upon the return of the Governor.
“Since there is no objection by the prosecution, I direct that his two passports be released to him immediately to allow him travel abroad as may be necessary but should deposit the same back to court on 17th May 17,” ruled The magistrate.
The court ordered the Governor to deposit his Kenyan and diplomatic passports in court as part of his bail terms after he was charged with graft in September 2020.
Through his lawyers Ahmednasir Abdullahi and Issa mansur Korane urged the court to allow him to travel to the Saudi Arabia for ten days from 5th to 15th May 2021 for religious purposes during this time of Ramadhan.
Korane is charged alongside four county officials, Ibrahim Malow Nur, Mohamed Ahmed Abdullahi, Abdi Shale and Ahmed Abdullahi Aden with eight counts of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, failure to comply with procurement law relating to management of public funds and misappropriation of public funds.
The four are accused of conspiring to commit an economic crime namely mismanagement of public funds allocated to the county government of Garissa as a conditional grant for the Kenya Urban support Programme amounting to Sh 233,506,000.