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DPP wants Solai dam case to be moved to Nairbi – Local – Pulselive.co.ke

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The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has accused Patel farm owners and some government officers for threatening prime witnesses in a case where nine suspects are charged with 47 counts of manslaughter.

The DPP now wants the case against Patel Dam owner Perry Mansukh Kansagara and eight others moved from Naivasha to Nairobi.

In a tweet, the DPP said that it was due to public interest that the case be moved to Nairobi for fair trial.

“DPP Noordin Haji wants the trial of Perry Mansukh & 8 others in Solai case transferred from Naivasha to Nairobi on grounds that scene of crime had been interfered with, there was attempt to tamper with witnesses and that security of prosecutors wasn’t assured,” reads the tweet.


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Solai dam owners when they appeard in court in July. DPP has accused Patel farm owners and some government officers for threatening prime witnesses in a case where nine suspects are charged with 47 counts of manslaughter. (Nation)

Witness interference

State counsel Catherine Mwaniki, in an affidavit, accused the Patel coffee estate owners in Naivasha and WARMA officers of tampering with the scene.

She alleged that some of the key witnesses had been transferred and others threatened, with the assistance of the local administration.

Mwaniki said the situation has made it hard for the Witness Prosecution Agency to access them.


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Solai dam tragedy, residents try to salvage remains of their property. DPP has accused Patel farm owners and some government officers for threatening prime witnesses in a case where nine suspects are charged with 47 counts of manslaughter. (Nation)

 

In July, Mr. Mansukh, Vinoj Kumar, Patel farm General Manager and Nakuru County Director of Water Johnson Kamau Njuguna were arraigned in a Naivasha Court and charged with manslaughter, neglect of official duty and failing to prepare an environment impact assessment report.



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