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Lawyer Warns That Sonko Entering A Plea Bargain With DPP In His Sh357M Graft Suit Could Cost Him His Governor Seat

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Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and others implicated in Ksh 357 million graft case have been directed to enter a plea bargain with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

This comes as the defense also informed the Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti that one of the accused persons Patrick Mwangangi had passed on, prompting the magistrate to direct the DPP to verify the burial permit presented in court in order to withdraw charges against the deceased.

The defense lead lawyer Cecil Miller confirmed they had been supplied with all witness statements.

In a plea bargain the DPP can require forfeiture of property that is party to a suit or fines in exchange for lighter sentences or no jail time at all.

Defence lawyers Cecil Miller and George Kithi for Mr Sonko asked the magistrate to give room for plea bargain.

While Miller and Kithi are putting strategies in place to save their client from possible jail term or losing property, another colleague has a different opinion and a warning.

According to Lawyer Steve Ogolla, the plea bargain is a brilliant strategy but warns that it’s going to come at a cost. “SONKO plea bargaining simply means he’s pleading guilty as charged. In exchange, he may get concession on the sentence for saving the court’s time. I celebrate his lawyers for advising him the right way. Meanwhile the consequence of conviction is that he gets removed as Governor.” Said Ogolla.


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