The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has distanced himself from a petition filed in court, challenging a decision to jail him at Kamiti Maximum prison for four months due to contempt of court.
On Thursday, High Court Judge Antony Mrima found DCI Kinoti guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to four months imprisonment at Kamiti Maximum Prison.
“In the event Mr George Kinoti fails to avail himself as order above, a warrant of arrest will be issued against him. The warrant of arrest shall be forthwith executed by the Inspector General of Police.
“In the further event that the Inspector General of Police fails to execute the warrant of arrest, the same shall remain valid and remain executed at any time including when George Kinoti leaves the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,” Justice Mrima’s ruling read in part.
Kamiti Maximum Prison entrance. [Photo: Courtesy]
Following the ruling, OWINO MCDOWELL and Company Advocates allegedly acting for DCI Kinoti filed an application in court seeking to challenge Justice Mrima’s decision.
In the application, the firm argued that Justice Mrima erred in his ruling and requested that either the ruling is overturned, or substituted with a cash fine.
“That the applicant is ready and appealing to this court, to suspend and quash the said court order dated the 18/11/2021 and or the same be converted to a fine as he is willing to pay Kenyan Shillings Two Hundred Thousand (200,000) or its equivalent as the court may permit,” the application read in part.
Reacting to the application, the DCI disowned it completely, arguing that he has not authorized any firm to appear or argue the case on his behalf.
“It has come to the attention of the Director of Criminal Investigations that a case namely HCJR 163/2021 has been filed on his behalf and the same is on the cause list to be mentioned on Monday, November 22, at 2pm before Justice Anthony Kimani Ndung’u, at the Milimani Law Courts.
“This is to make it very clear that the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, has not instructed anybody to file a suit on his behalf or on behalf of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. As such, the case is disowned in totally by the Director and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations,” DCI said in a statement.