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NOCK Officials Arraigned in Court Over Rio Olympics Fiasco

Outgoing NOCK Secretary General, Francis Kinyili Paul (left) and Second Vice-president, Pius Ochieng on the dock to face charges related to the Rio 2016 Olympics scandal last year. PHOTO/File

Two top National Olympics Committee-Kenya (NOCK) executive officials were arraigned in court on Monday to face charges relating to the Rio Olympics fiasco.

The officials, NOCK vice-chairman Pius Ochieng and Secretary General, Francis K Paul appeared before Lady Justice Charity Olouch at the Milimani Law Courts.

However, they were released on a Ksh.200,000 bond each with the presiding Judge saying the case will be mentioned on September 19.

Team Kenya to Rio Olympics Chef-de-Mission, Stephen Arap Soi, failed to show up in court after reportedly being admitted at Nairobi Hospital.

State prosecutor, Duncan Ondimu asked for time to verify the admission document for Soi who was released on police bond on Sunday where it is reported he was soon taken to hospital and the judge obliged and pushed his case to Wednesday at 3.00 pm local time.

The defence told the court that Soi was unwell and admitted at Nairobi Hospital where he was rushed after he was released from custody on a Ksh50,000 police bond on health grounds on Sunday.

Oluoch set tough conditions including; reporting twice a week to the Serious Crimes Unit at the Directorate of Criminal Investigation headquarters starting this Friday (September 2).

The Judge ordered the suspects not appear at any premises owned or controlled by Nock, and should not contact any possible witnesses in regards to the ongoing investigation.

They were ordered to deposit their passports in court immediately and should not move out of the country without the express permission of the court.

Earlier, the prosecution had applied for the three Nock officials to be detained at Nairobi’s Muthaiga Police Station for 21 days for investigations to find out whether there was criminal culpability on the part of the respondents in the Rio 2016 fiasco.

Ondimu, through an affidavit sworn by police officer Mike Kingoo Muia, told the court that investigations against the three and other persons not yet in custody relates several offences among them abuse of office, theft and neglect of official duty.

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