Police hunt for this foreigner in Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal

Declare this man a fugitive- DPP urges court

Director of CMC di Ravenna Paolo Porcelli

The court has issued an arrest warrant against Paulo Porcelli, the director of Italian firm CMC di Ravenna.

Porcelli failed to show up in court prompting the lead prosecutor Taib Ali Taib to call for his immediate arrest and presentation in court.

Taib submitted that the court ought to condemn the actions of Porcelli by declaring him a fugitive. 

The lawyer argued that no African would behave before the Italian court the way Mr Porcelli did.

Wanted man

They believe they can reap our country and refuse to appear. They believe nothing will happen. Don’t allow them,” the lead prosecutor said.

The firm is at the centre of Ksh63bn dams scam that has seen Henry Rotich lose his job as the Treasury Cabinet Secretary.

DPP Noordin Haji had said that Kenya will be seeking the extradition of Porcelli, to face corruption charges in the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal. 

Porcelli, the Italian director of CMC di Ravenna will face the charges related to the tenders for the two billion shilling projects. 

Evidence

DPP Haji ordered the arrest of 28 suspects, including Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, at least two Principal Secretaries and top government officials in connection with the dams scandal.

Haji claimed that his office had gathered evidence to prove ksh19,714,366,991 was lost through a well-choreographed scheme to defraud public funds.

On Monday, nine suspects in the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal pleaded not guilty.

The group faces charges of abuse of office, willful failure to comply with public procurement laws and procedures, conspiracy to defraud the government of Kenya, engaging in the implementation of the project without proper planning contrary to the law and unlawfully procuring the services of Italian firm CMC di Ravenna other charges.

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