Court Halts Arrest of SBL Director Kariuki in Fake Fertiliser Fiasco

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Court Halts Arrest of SBL Director Kariuki in Fake Fertiliser Fiasco

The High Court has granted an injunction preventing police from arresting and detaining Josiah Kariuki, a regional fertilizer trader headquartered in Kenya, in connection with the alleged fake fertiliser scandal.

Kariuki filed an application in court, and Justice Diana Kavedza issued the ruling in response.

Kariuki is the CEO of Silica Booster Limited Innovate Manufacturers (SBL).

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Kariuki informed the court, via counsel Danstan Omari, Cliff Ombeta, Sam Nyaberi, and Wycliffe Omaiyo, that there had been rumors of his client’s imminent arrest on suspicion of distributing the claimed false fertilizer.

He asked the court to intervene and avoid his arrest by giving him anticipatory bail.

“I believe I’m likely to be arrested due to a well-calculated scheme by fertiliser barons in the country,” he told the court.

Justice Kavedza, in granting him anticipatory bail of Sh100,000 designated the case as urgent.

To prevent doubt, the court said that the DCI, Inspector General of Police, and DPP had the authority to investigate or prosecute him with any illegal activity.

“However they shall not arrest or detain him based on the anticipatory bail given by this court,” the judge said.

She also instructed his advocates to accompany him to the DCI headquarters for interrogation within the next seven days.

“Upon conclusion of the probe, the DPP is at liberty to present any charge against him. And the investigating officer is at liberty to present any charge against him and notify him to appear before the relevant court for plea taking,” she said.

Once Kariuki is charged in court, Kavedza said that her orders would automatically expire, and the trial court will be free to impose fresh bail conditions.

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Court Halts Arrest of SBL Director Kariuki in Fake Fertiliser Fiasco

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