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Court allows video-conferencing in Anglo Leasing case

A Nairobi court has allowed the Director of Public Prosecutions to get evidence from the United Kingdom through video conferencing in the Anglo-Leasing case.

In her ruling, Milimani senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku allowed the prosecution to adduce evidence of some of the remaining witnesses from Switzerland, Unites States and Australia.

“The Office of the DPP and EACC should make arrangements for the witnesses to testify from the United Kingdom. The DPP should also liaise with the Office of the Chief Registrar Judiciary to ensure that the office provides the said equipment,” said Mutuku.

Deputy DPP Nicholas Mutuku (pictured) had filed the application saying that among the witnesses the prosecution intends to call are Bradley Charles Birkenfeld, a citizen of the Unites States, Prof Jason Sharman, an Australian national and resident of the United Kingdom.

Also expected to testify is Srinivisan Ramachandran, an Indian national living in Switzerland. The prosecutor had informed the court that the witnesses have been in communication with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and have confirmed that owing to various reasons including, but not limited to busy schedules and security concerns, they are unable to travel to Kenya to physically testify in court.

Mutuku said the fact that the evidence is taken by video link, this does not amount to taking evidence in camera. She directed the parties to appear in court on October 24 for scheduling of hearing dates.

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