Disorder was the norm in Mike Sonko’s KSh10 million graft case on Thursday after Milimani Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti stormed out.
Mike Sonko’s legal defense team led by advocate John Khaminwa claimed that the magistrate was ignoring their sentiments in court.
The magistrate had just made a ruling dismissing complains from Sonko that he was biased towards the graft case facing Sonko and his accomplice.
“The proceedings have become unruly since the court has rendered its decision and at this rate we shall end nowhere. Any party that is dissatisfied should follow the normal process,” said Ogoti before walking out.
Sonko’s lawyers exchanged words with the prosecution during the court session, while trying to get heard by the magistrate.
In the disputed court ruling, Ogoti said that there was no evidence indicating personal bias, or extrajudicial influence on Sonko’s case.
“I do find no proof of bias. Sonko’s application has no merit and is dismissed,” he ruled.
Further, Sonko had a nurse accompanying him, who kept checking his blood pressure.
Three weeks ago, Sonko had been hospitalised at Nairobi hospital allegedly over stomach complications, which led his lawyers to request adjournment of the proceedings to March 4, 2021.
On Tuesday, Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ooko ordered the hospital and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to ensure that Sonko appeared on the March 4th hearing.
Sonko was set to face Ogoti on Thursday over terrorism cases, before heading to Magistrate Ooko’s chambers over corruption cases.
The court proceedings were postponed to March 15, 2021.