Sonko Freed On Ksh500,000 Cash Bail
The ex-county boss, who pleaded not guilty on Thursday, March 4 to the accusations of financing terror activities leveled against him, was freed on bail by the Chief Magistrate at the Kahawa Law Courts, Diana Mochache.
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has been released on a Ksh500,000 cash bail after he was arraigned for terror-related charges.
The ex-county boss, who pleaded not guilty on Thursday, March 4 to the accusations of financing terror activities levelled against him, was freed on bail by the Chief Magistrate at the Kahawa Law Courts, Diana Mochache.
“On or before January 1, 2021, at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya, you (Mike Sonko) jointly with others not before Court knowingly recruited unknown persons to commit or participate in the commission of a terrorist act in contravention of the said-Act,” reads a part of Sonko’s charge sheet.
Besides the above accusation, the former governor was charged with another terror-related offense.
The other charge indicated that Sonko was “found in possession of property for the commission of a terrorist act, contrary to Section 6 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2012”.
“On January 31, 2021, in Athi River, within Machakos County, you (Mike Sonko) had in your possession military attire for the commission or facilitation of a terrorist act.”
Earlier on, a Nairobi court ordered a psychiatric exam to be done upon Sonko to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial. This is after the court was informed that the former governor, after examination by a doctor at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, issued a report declaring that he was mentally unfit to stand trial.
Magistrate Peter Ooko noted that although two medical reports have pointed out that Sonko suffers from bipolar disorder, the issue of being mentally unfit was not captured in the report.
Sonko was released on a Ksh300,000 bail on February 9 after he was charged with an offense and forced entry into a private land over a 2019 incident.
Kiambu Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo freed Sonko on the basis that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations had taken far too long to investigate the cases presented in court.