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Friday, 15 Jul 2016 19:19 EATswaithera@kenyafreepress.com
The police service was brought under scrutiny following the dramatic arrest of former National Bank of Kenya chief executive officer, Munir Ahmed, from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and his subsequent release hours later without any charge being preferred against him.
Munir was detained at Milimani Law Courts before he was arraigned in court but was later released without being charged. The decision not to charge Ahmed was the anticlimax of nearly 12 hours of action whereby the police first pulled him out of a Dubai-bound flight Thursday night, claiming he wanted to flee the country.
Munir was then held incommunicado at the Kileleshwa Police Station throughout the night being arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts this morning. Police officers who arrested him said they had been informed he was fleeing the country and would not return.
However, this suspicion turned out to be false, as Munir’s lawyer Paul Muite told journalists that the banker was going on a holiday accompanied by his wife and child.
The arresting officers’ account that Munir would flee the country was contradicted by the recent decision by the police service, which returned his passport which they had confiscated following his initial arrest early in the year.
It was also emerged that Munir’s arrest had not been sanctioned by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who has the sole power to charge suspects on criminal matters. His lawyer Muite said it was degrading for Munir to be hounded out of the aircraft in front of his wife and four-year-old son and be detained in the cells without the involvement of the DPP.
The whole drama elicited questions as to who in the police service authorised Munir's arrest and on what grounds.
The former CEO and five other managers were sacked early in the year after the state-owned bank unexpectedly made hefty losses in the 2015 despite brisk business in the sector.
Waithera is a staff writer at the Kenya Free Press.