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Court reprieve for Rashid Echesa co-accused

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Four people charged alongside former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa in the Sh39 billion fake military tender involving an American company got a reprieve after a court reduced their bond terms from Sh3 million to Sh1.5 million.

Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot also reviewed the cash bail from Sh1 million to Sh200,000 and directed them to deposit their travel documents in court.

The four — Daniel Otieno, Clifford Okoth, Kennedy Oyoo and Chrispin Odipo — had made an application seeking review on grounds that they were unable to afford the initial bond terms imposed by the plea court on February 17.

Except Mr Echesa, the four have been living in police remand since last month when they were admitted to bond after denying 16 counts of criminal charges related to fraud and obtaining money by false pretense.

Mr Echesa was able to deposit in court the Sh1 million cash bail immediately, leaving his co-accused in prison.

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