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Lawyer protests handling of minister's aide defilement case

Friday January 18 2019

Reuben Kiborek

Reuben Kiborek hides from cameras during his arraignment at Nakuru Law Courts on December 27, 2018. He was charged with defilement. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOSEPH OPENDA
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The lawyer of Mr Reuben Kiborek, who is accused of defiling a minister's daughter, on Friday accused the advocate representing the family of the victim of working parallel with the state.

Mr Gordon Ogolla said advocate Donald Raballa had filed applications without involving the prosecution.

He also complained about not being given ample time to prepare to handle an application filed by Mr Raballa on January 3 seeking to have the matter transferred to another court.

"I am wondering why Mr Raballa is filing his own applications without involving the prosecutor. I was expecting that these applications would be filed through him," he said.

BIAS

Mr Ogolla has obtained ex parte orders directing that the matter be heard in camera (heard in private).

But on his part, Mr Raballa points the finger at the court, accusing it of bias for not transferring the case to a children's court in Nairobi.

He also said he is not at variance with the prosecution and that he is only looking after the interests of the 16-year-old girl.

Resident Magistrate Daisy Mose ordered Mr Raballa to engage the prosecution on how best to handle the case.

Mr Kiborek, an aide of the minister, has denied defiling the minor on December 23, 2018 at a Nakuru hotel. He was released on a Sh300,000 bond.

ASSAULT

Ms Moses ordered journalists out of the courtroom and police to give the suspect his mobile phone back.

Meanwhile, Nakuru journalists called on the police to speed up investigations into an assault on a KTN camera man by Mr Kiborek's supporters.

The matter is being handled by Nakuru Central Police station.