Court releases man wanted by Uganda over fraud

A Kenyan man who is wanted by Ugandan authorities over fraud allegations was on Wednesday released by a court after police failed to follow due process.

A warrant for the arrest of Rodgers Kiptanui, 26, had been issued by a Ugandan court after he was accused of obtaining more than $80,000 (Sh8 million) through electronic fraud.

Eldoret Chief Magistrate Charles Obolutsa said the police had failed to involve all requisite institutions in attempting to extradite him.

“This court directed the police to initiate the process of extradition of the accused person.

“To date the process has not been initiated. The order by police to continue detaining the accused person who is wanted in Uganda lacks merit, hence this court orders the release of the accused person,” Mr Obolutsa said.

Mr Kiptanui was arrested in Eldoret on July 25 after Interpol Kenya Chapter received an international warrant of arrest from Nakawa Chief Magistrate Court in Uganda.

Locals in Keiyo South village who were in court were happy with the directive.

Daily Nation

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