Another doctor cleared in child trafficking case

Feb, 16th 2021 – Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has dropped charges against Dr. Musa Mohammed Ramadhan in a child trafficking case that rocked Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital last year.

Dr. Ramadhan is the third medic to be cleared after Dr. Emma Mutio, the current chief executive officer, and Dr. Regina Musembi, an administrative officer who were acquitted last November.

State prosecutor Evalyn Onunga said the accused who had been charged alongside social workers Makalla Fred Leparan and Selina Adunda Awuor, will now be a State witness in the case. She added that she had been instructed to withdraw the case. She said, “I have been instructed to terminate the case against Dr. Ramadhan. There is no evidence linking the accused to the child trafficking syndicate.”

Defense lawyer Hassan Nandwa did not object to the DPP’s request to do away with the case against Dr. Ramadhan. “After reviewing the police files, they found that there is no evidence to sustain the charges against our client Dr. Musa and therefore the charges have been withdrawn against him and he has no case to pursue nor to answer in court and therefore he is a free man.”

Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Kimilu issued an order for the return of the money the doctor gave as cash bail. In her ruling, she said, “There being no evidence to link the accused to the human trafficking syndicate, I allow the DPP’s plea and terminate the case against him.”

Four suspects had been arraigned in court last year following a revelation of the secret life of Kenya’s capital involving buying and selling of babies.

Part of the charge sheet read, “On diverse dates between May 11, 2020, and November 17, 2020, at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Embakasi Central within Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court, offered for adoption a child namely Jayden Smith aged six months for the purpose of trafficking him.”

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