Senator Linturi Freed on Cash Bail in an incitement case

Senator Linturi [Photo: The Standard]

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has been released on a cash bail of 2 Million shillings or a 5 million shilling bond with a surety of a similar amount.

This is after he was arrested on Sunday following inciteful remarks made during Deputy President William Ruto’s rally in Eldoret over the weekend.

The court however directed the senator to not interfere with witnesses in the case. 

He was further required to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations once a week.

Nakuru Chief Magistrate Ednah Nyaloti ruled that the prosecution lacked compelling reasons to limit the respondent’s right to liberty in the case.

“The Constitution is clear that an arrested person should be brought to court not more than 24 hours,” the Magistrate noted.

“I am also satisfied that the prosecution doesn’t have compelling reasons to limit the respondent’s right to liberty,”

This is after the prosecution had told the court that Linturi’s utterances are likely to stir ethnic tension and wanted him detained for seven days as investigations continue.

The Prosecution claimed to have not been able to compile cyber-forensic analysis, and that statements were yet to be recorded from potential witnesses.

The senator was arrested on Sunday in Eldoret and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offices in Nairobi.

He was later returned to Kaptembwo Police Station, where he spent two nights.

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