Swazuri, 10 others given bail after 5 nights in cells

Tuesday April 23 2019

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Prof Swazuri (right) and his co-accused when they appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court at Milimani in Nairobi on April 18, 2019. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

SAM KIPLAGAT
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Embattled former National Land Commission boss Muhammad Swazuri has been granted bail after spending the long Easter holiday in custody.

The Nairobi court set cash bail terms for Mr Swazuri at Sh12 millions others and gave varying bond terms for 10-accused after ruling that the suspects are unlikely to interfere with case.

The 11 suspects were charged with corruption related offences on Thursday last week and had to spend Easter behind bars after prosecutors opposed their bid to be released on bond. They denied the charges.

In the application for bail, the defence argued that the prosecution, which opposed their release saying they are likely to interfere with the trial, had not tabled evidence to show that the accused had interfered with witnesses or would fail to attend court for the trial.

THE ACCUSED

Prof Swazuri is charged alongside former National Land Commission commissioner Emma Njogu, former NLC chief executive officer Tom Aziz Chavangi, Dr Salome Munubi, director valuation and taxation and the Commission's secretary Lilian Kaverenge.