NAIROBI, Sept 16 (Reuters) – A Kenyan court docket on Thursday sentenced a former sports activities minister to 6 years in jail after discovering him responsible over the siphoning of funds meant for athletes within the Brazil Olympics 5 years in the past.
The East African nation loved its most profitable Olympics in Rio, profitable six gold medals, six silvers and one bronze in monitor and subject, however the efficiency was blighted by claims of corruption amongst senior authorities officers and crew bosses.
A Justice of the Peace’s court docket in Nairobi discovered Hassan Wario, who was the sports activities minister on the time, responsible of abuse of workplace in reference to the lack of funds.
Issuing a ruling within the case that began in 2018, the court docket gave Wario, who was appointed Kenya’s ambassador to Austria after serving within the cupboard, the choice of paying a 3.6 million shillings ($32,742) advantageous to keep away from going to jail.
Stephen Soi, who was the crew chief and was tried alongside Wario, was discovered responsible of corruption and was sentenced to 10 years in jail or a advantageous of 103 million shillings.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s authorities charged dozens of senior officers with numerous crimes in a crackdown in opposition to graft in 2018 and 2019.
The Wario case is among the many first of these to be concluded.
($1 = 109.9500 Kenyan shillings)
Reporting by Monicah Mwangi;
Writing by Duncan Miriri;
Enhancing by Andrew Cawthorne
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