Kenyan money launderer released from Tanzania prison after five years in pre-trial detention

He was released on a Tsh300,000,000 (Ksh15 million) fine

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Don Bosco Gichana was released by the Arusha court on a Tsh300,000,000 (Ksh15 million) fine after pleading guilty to charges of money laundering and fraud.

He was arrested over five years ago for scamming hundreds of millions from American pensioners.

The political activist was sentenced in a plea-bargain deal where he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit crime related to money laundering.

At the pinnacle of his success, Mr Gichana wined and dined with the high and mighty in Kenya’s political, business and social class.

Handshake

He first hit headlines in the run-up to the 2007 General Election when he imported the famous Red Hummer and donated it to ODM leader Raila Odinga for his campaigns.

The Uhuru-Raila handshake is said to have accelerated a plea bargain in which Gichana pleaded guilty for a leaner sentence.

Mr Odinga is said to have lobbied both President Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli, to have Gichana released.

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