/Oscar Sudi to spend seven more days in police custody

Oscar Sudi to spend seven more days in police custody

Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi will remain in police custody for seven more days pending his bail application ruling after he was presented in a Nakuru court.

Sudi was flown to Nakuru Central police station on Sunday, minutes after he surrendered himself to the police.

He has since then been held behind bars.

He was arraigned before Nakuru Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalo on Monday on a miscellaneous application seeking to hold him for 14 days to allow completion of investigations.

The prosecution, led by Daniel Karuri, had sought more time to complete investigations into the crimes allegedly committed by the lawmaker.

According to an affidavit filed in court by the prosecution, the Kapseret MP is facing accusations of hate speech, assault of a police officer, offensive conduct, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and resisting arrest.

The court heard that investigations would entail extraction and analysis by the D.C.I. Forensic Lab of the video clip containing several speeches made by Sudi on September 7, 2020 when he made the controversial remarks that led to his arrest.

He had allegedly evaded arrest for 48 hours.

Karuri faulted release on bond, saying he was being investigated for hate speech, assault of a police officer, offensive conduct, unlawful possession of firearms and bullets and resisting arrest.

He submitted that they need more time to trace and interview several witnesses they intend to use in the case.

The prosecution argued that the MP is at flight risk having failed to surrender himself soon after he learnt he was being sought by the police.

The prosecution added that demonstrations against the utterances by Sudi and the standoff between the police and residents when officers attempted to arrest him at his Kapseret home were grounds to detain him.

Karuri said public interest outweighed Sudi’s right to bail and bond and that holding him was necessary for public order, peace, and security.

Sudi’s lawyers, led by Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Boss Shollei and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, opposed the application saying their client could not be a flight risk as he is a legislator and a state officer with known abode.

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Lynn is a News Writer and Contributor for Kenya Peoples Assembly News (KPA - News, and The Africa Media Group LLC (T-AMG). Lynn covers Kenyan News, from politics, to court issues, life stories, arts and entertainment, investigations, health, outdoors and travel. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Journalism from MOI University. When she's not busy writing or editing, she enjoys travelling, socializing, singing and lounging on the couch watching the latest Netflix documentary.