Kariuki to miss business trips as court quashes orders to hand him passports

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Businessman Humphrey Kariuki will not be able to travel to abroad after the court quashed earlier orders directing the release of his passports.
Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot on Tuesday said the application for the release of the passports was merited but should be made afresh before chief magistrate Francis Andayi, who handled the matter when the parties were first arraigned.
Kariuki’s case involves three files, which are being heard in different courts.
Cheruiyot issued the directive after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions raised the issue of the existence of two other case files and the different bond terms issued.
Kariuki, through lawyer Cecil Miller, had urged the court to allow him to travel to the United States, Gabon and Switzerland for urgent business engagements between September 23 and December 6.
His Kenyan and Cypriot passports were deposited in court when he granted bail.
Kariuki has also accused the office of DPP of dragging its firm, Africa Spirits Limited (ASL into many court cases to scuttle its operations over tax evasion claims.
ASL through lawyer Cecil Miller told High Court Judge Luka Kimaru that there are multiple cases involving the same parties and on the same subject matter filed by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) seeking preservation orders against its bank accounts.
“This amounts to forum shopping and an abuse of the court process. The order sought for the preservation of funds in the company’s accounts was mischievous was only served on banks but not on the bank account owners,” said Miller.
According to Miller, DPP only obtained an order allowing investigators to access the accounts but turned it into a freezing order in an attempt to deny the company access to its funds.
Kariuki was arraigned last month in connection with tax evasion claims, amounting to Sh41 billion.

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