Tanzania has asked Kenya to extradite former Stanbic CEO Bashir Awale to face charges in the Sh600 million government bond bribery scandal, it has emerged.
Attorney-General George Masaju has reportedly sought help from his Kenyan counterpart, Prof Githu Muigai, to bring back Mr Awale for questioning over the bribery scandal that rocked the final years of President Jakaya Kikwete’s government..
If extradited, Mr Awale will likely be enjoined in the case that has since seen former Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) boss Harry Kitilya and two other prominent individuals charged and remanded since April, 2016.
Mr Kitilya and former Miss Tanzania Shoshe Sinare and Mr Sioi Sumari, a former official of the bank, are languishing in jail awaiting hearing of their application for bail.
The three were charged with seven counts among them money laundering, forgery, abuse of office, corruption, obtaining advantage and transfer of proceeds and are in remand.
Kenyan media reported that President John Magufuli’s government wants Mr Awale to answer questions over the transaction of the deal in which he played a key role.
An investigation in the UK by the Serious Fraud Office revealed how Mr Awale, Mr Kitilya and Ms Sinare were key players in pushing the deal through leading to a $6 million (Sh600 million) bribery scam.
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