Normal Media Group Journalist Laban-Cliff Onserio has gotten a reprieve after the state dropped its plan to want prices in opposition to him of being in possession of a grenade and threatening to make use of it to assault.
When the matter got here for point out earlier than Kahawa Court docket Justice of the Peace Boaz Ombewa on Monday, February 20, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) sought to terminate the terrorism-related prices saying there was no proof to maintain the trial.
Consequently, the Justice of the Peace allowed the DPP’s request to withdraw the case in opposition to Onserio and marked the file as closed.
The brand new growth comes after DPP on December 3, 2022, filed terrorist-related prices in opposition to Onserio however didn’t reply to the identical awaiting prosecution’s resolution on his software for evaluate.
Onserio by his lawyer had written to the DPP in search of a evaluate of the costs on grounds that there isn’t any proof linking him to the explosives allegedly recovered from his automotive at Holy Household Basilica in Nairobi.
The journalist, who can be the Normal Media Group’s Chief of Workers, was arrested by detectives from the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) on December 20, 2022, over allegations of being in possession of a grenade.
Police stated he was arrested at Nairobi’s Holy Household Basilica basement (2) by detectives after the grenade was present in his automotive by officers who had been referred to as in by the church’s guards to answer an altercation that concerned him.
The cathedral runs a business parking facility that’s manned by a personal safety firm on a 24-hour foundation.
Throughout his arrest, Onserio failed to provide passable explanation why he had the flash-bang grenade and didn’t produce a certificates permitting him to personal the stated explosive system.
This prompted an in-depth investigation into the matter that led the journalist to be detained in custody throughout the whole Christmas vacation.
He was out on a money bail of Ksh100, 000 pending plea taking. The courtroom has nonetheless ordered a refund of the identical.