The High Court in Kenya has temporarily halted criminal proceedings against the deputy Supreme Court justice who was arrested on Tuesday.
Judge Philomena Mwilu was charged on suspicion of corruption, failure to pay taxes and improper dealings with a local bank.
Judge Chacha Mwita said: “I allow the application filed by deputy chief justice (Philomena Mwilu) seeking to stop proceedings in the lower court and I hereby grant a stay, meaning stopping the case.”
In her application, Judge Mwilu argued that her alleged impropriety while handling Imperial Bank cases is purely a commercial matter and not a criminal offence.
Through her lawyers, Judge Mwilu says the Chief Public Prosecutor Noordin Mohamed Haji was motivated by malice, arguing that the allegations are part of a larger scheme to embarrass her as the country’s second top judge.
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Judge Mwilu was charged on Tuesday evening, hours after being arrested, and released on a personal bondof 5 million Kenyan shillings ($49,640).