Two men accused of defrauding foreigners Sh 130 million in gold business granted bail

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Nicholas Otieno Ndolo and Thomas Otieno Ngoe at Kibera Law Courts where the police sought to detain them over Sh 123 million gold fraud case. PHOTO/Sam Alfan

Two men accused of defrauding foreigners Sh 130 million in a fake gold business deal have been released on a cash bail of Sh 500,000.

Nicholas Otieno Ndolo and Thomas Otieno Ngoe appeared before Kibera Law Courts where the Director of Public Prosecution sought to have them detained for five days to allow police to complete investigations.

In the application, the prosecution told the court that Ngoe was found in possession of a firearm and the police needed time to verify whether he is a licensed holder.

The prosecution added that the police needed time to have the complainants, a United States  citizen and a Ghanaian citizen come to Kenya and identify the suspects in an identification parade.

The court heard that investigations are incomplete and release of the suspects will jeopardise things.

However lawyers for the respondents asked the court to release the duo on cash bail as they are willing to abide by any condition given by the court.

“There has not been any good reason adduced by the prosecution that the respondents, if released, will interfere with investigations,” the court was told.

In addition, the lawyers said there was no need to detain the duo for an identification parade since they have already been presented in court in presence of the media.

The court was told that the respondents and those alleged to be the ones to identify them know each other since they were doing business together.

“No single good reason has been given by the prosecution. They have also not not said the respondents are at flight risk,”