TWO FOREIGNERS IN POLICE CUSTODY FOR DEFRAUDING SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD WORTH USD 621,000.

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Londole Iseka alias Ishmael Abdul Rahman and Benson Muhanji Mageta alias Ben Kariuki before a Nairobi Court on Wednesday June 21, 2017.

BY NT CRIME REPORTER.

The Nairobi Magistrate court will tomorrow rule on whether to detain two foreigners accused of defrauding a South African national gold in the country.

Police are seeking to detain a Nigerian and a Congolese national Londole Iseka alias Ishmael Abdul Rahman and Benson Muhanji Mageta alias Ben Kariuki for seven days to enable them to complete investigations.

According to Investigating officer from directorate of criminal investigation corporal Moses Gituathi , they are investigating the case of obtaining money by false pretence.

“On the 19 and 20 day of December 2016 the respondents obtained a sum of USD 621,000 ( Approximately Kshs 62.1million) from the complaints by falsely pretending that were jointly in a position to export gold on behalf of the complaint” said investigation officer.

Mr Londole Iseka alias Ishmael Abdul Rahman and Benson Muhanji Mageta alias Ben Kariuki conspired with others locally and international to obtain money from the unsuspecting complaint by falsely pretending that they were in position to export gold from Kenya to South Africa.

The two foreign nationals  presented themselves to Mr Prakash Robert Deepal Baicham as registered clearing agents owning clearing companies in Kenya and they can clear gold for him from Kenya.

“The two respondent (Londole Iseka alias Ishmael Abdul Rahman and Benson Muhanji Mageta alias Ben Kariuki) used alias names and are yet to be subjected to an identification parade to be physically identified by the complaint” said the officer.

He said after interrogations there are indications that there is a likelihood of more arrests and a possibility of recoveries.

He said the matter was reported at DCI headquarter by Prakash Robert Deepal Baicham on 16 of May this year through a letter dated 19 April 2017.

The lawyer representing the two suspects opposed the miscellaneous application by police, claiming it is in violation of his clients right to bail.

Senior Principle Magistrate Martha Mutuku will deliver the ruling on Thursday morning.

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