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Okoth Obado bail ruling underway

A bail application for Migori Governor Okoth Obado in the murder case of Sharon Otieno is underway in at the High Court in Nairobi.

High Court Judge Jessi Lessit is expected to issue a ruling.

On Monday, Mr Obado denied charges of killing his 26-year-old girlfriend Ms Otieno.

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A bail or a bond is a right to every accused person, but the prosecution wants him detained longer.

The prosecution argue that if he is released, investigations into the murder case will be tampered with because he is a prominent and influential person in his county yet witnesses in the trial are residents or employees in the area.

Prosecution has also argued that the lives of some witnesses could be in danger besides the deceased’s family who have already reportedly received threats as well as intimidation.

However, his defence lawyers told court that Mr Obado’s position should not be used to deny him bond terms and that he deserves to be protected by the law just like any other accused person.

They urged the court to ask the prosecution to use the Witness Protection Act to shield the witnesses and Sharon’s family.

They also asked the court to consider his political stakes and dismissed claims that he would interfere with the investigations.

Three people including the governor and his two personal assistants have been arraigned in court so far in connection with the murder of Ms Otieno, a Rongo University student.

Should he be denied bail, his deputy, Nelson Mwita could take over his position. If convicted, the county boss stares at a life sentence.

Daily Nation

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