Ex-rugby professional player Alex Olaba was on Monday, May 3 charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
He denied the charges and will be remanded until Monday, May 10 pending a ruling on bail cancellation in a gang-rape case.
He is accused of hiring a hitman to kill a witness in the ongoing gang rape case against him. Olaba and his co-accused Frank Wanyama are out on a KSh300,000 cash bail.
The investigating officer previously told the court that Olaba made several attempts to contact the key witnesses in the case, hoping to influence its outcome.
Police picked him up at Madaraka estate, Nairobi, where he was allegedly in a meeting with the said hitman.
Sources privy to the investigation told TV47Digital that detectives are combing through his call records to get to the bottom of the murder plan.
Olaba previously skipped court on the pretext that he had traveled to Bungoma. The court directed that he be detained at Kilimani Police Station for seven days to allow the conclusion of investigations.
Olaba, Frank Wanyama found guilty of gang-rape
The Kenya Harlequins and national rugby 7s team players were found guilty of gang-rape in August 2020 by Milimani Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku and were jailed for 15 years.
They, however, appealed at he High Court, and Justice Ngenye Macharia ordered for a retrial, after concluding that there was no evidence that one key witness was sworn in before taking the stand.