Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s lawyers Monday fought hard to convince the court to release him on bond as the prosecution sought to have the governor detained further saying he was “a dangerous criminal”.
Sonko was arraigned at Milimani Court to face charges relating to money laundering, bribery, conflict if interest and abuse of office among other charges.
Sonko, who was charged alongside 18 other county officials before anti-corruption agistrate Douglas Ogoti however denied the charges.
His lawyers led by Cecil Miller asked the court to allow the governor to continue discharging his official duties arguing that Nairobi County has no Deputy.
They also disputed a claim by the prosecution that Sonko is a fugitive, having fled from Shimo La Tewa Prison in Mombasa more than ten years ago.
They added that the governor was suffering from injuries inflicted by police while arresting him last Friday in Voi. Miller submitted a medical report by Sonko’s personal doctor who attended to him on Sunday, confirming he has breathing difficulty among other health concerns.
According to the lawyer, a doctor attached to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had also confirmed Sonko’s health condition.