Thursday, March 24, 2011

How police officer fell for bribery trap

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

An Administration Police officer fell into a bribery trap laid by anti-corruption officers last year, a court heard on Thursday.

Mr Evan Mwangi Macharia is accused of soliciting a bribe of Sh6,000 from a woman he and two other officers had arrested.

Nyeri chief magistrate Stella Muketi was told that the officers, attached to Ruaka Chief’s Camp, demanded the bribe for them to release a laptop (computer) they had confiscated from a woman.

The officers, according to the woman’s police statement, had accepted Sh1,000 upon her release, with the extra Sh5,000 supposed to be paid later in exchange of the computer.

She then tipped-off the anti-corruption officers who set up the trap.

Mr Lucas Momanyi, of the anti-graft unit, told the court that the operation involved one of the officers posing as a boyfriend of the complainant, who accompanied her to Ruaka to pay the balance of the bribe money.

The bank notes were treated for identification purposes. They agreed that a signal would be relayed once the handover was done.

“When we got the signal from our colleague that the money was handed over, we moved in. After identifying ourselves, we asked the suspect not to create a commotion and he complied. The money was then recovered, plus the laptop,” said Mr Momanyi.

The hearing continues on May 3.