More time in detention for Chinese SGR workers as court denies bail

The three nationals Li Gen, Li Xiaowu and Sun Xin when they appeared at the Mombasa law courts PHOTO ROSE STEGALL

Mombasa, KENYA: Three Chinese nationals who are accused of attempting to bribe detectives conducting a probe on a fraud scheme at the SGR terminal have been denied bail.

The three Chinese nationals identified as Li Gen, Li Xiaowu and Sun Xin appeared at the Mombasa Law Courts on Friday, 30th November for their ruling before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Julius Nang’ea.

“The court is satisfied that the prosecution has demonstrated compelling reasons for denial of bond herein the required legal standards and consequently the court rejects the defense application for the release of the accused persons on bond or bail” Magistrate Nang’ea ruled.

Nangea further added that the accused persons promising to hand over their passports does not guarantee that they are not a flight risk and the nature of their charges shows that there is a high chance that the accused shall interfere with the ongoing investigation.

The trio is accused of giving a bribe of sh. 500,000 to Inspector Andrew Warui and his team of investigators who were investigating claims of fraud in the ticketing department at the Standard Gauge Railway that is said to have defrauded the company millions.

The three were arrested on Friday last week at the Miritini SGR station in Mombasa

The case shall be mentioned on December 10th 2018.