Police officer mysteriously dies in Humphrey Kariuki's premises

The billionaire businessman is facing tax evasion charges for his alcohol brands

Police launch investigations on mysterious death of an AP at Humphrey Kariuki's Africa Spirits Limited factory in Thika

Detectives have launched investigations into the mysterious death of an Administration Police officer at a premises owned by billionaire businessman Humphrey Kariuki.

The AP officer died at the Africa Spirits Limited processing plant in Thika, Kiambu County on Saturday.

The death was reported as an accident where the officer allegedly tripped and fell to his death.

The reports on the police officer's death emerged on Monday as Mr Kariuki was set to appear in court for a mention of his Sh41 billion tax evasion case.

DCI arrest Humphrey Kariuki after he was granted Sh11 million bail

DPP Noordin Haji first announced the arrest of the billionaire on August 8 this year but DCI could not arrest the suspect because he was said to be abroad.

Kariuki would resurface on the first day of his court appearance, on August 19, reports indicated taht he had jetted back to the country quietly a few days earlier.

The owner of The Hub Mall, Karen denied the charges against him and was granted Sh11 million cash bail by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi pending the determination of the case.

DCI officers pounced on him just moments after he was granted bail and re-arrested him.

The arrest was, however, declared unlawful by Magitrate Andayi as he explained it was in violation of the Privileges Act and Immunities Act.

Mr Kariuki's lawyer argued: "Parliament, grounds of the court, areas of worship, learning institutions and airports have immunities to arrest. To arrest anyone in those areas, special permissions must be sought."

Prompting the judge to declare, "I will therefore not allow the police to arrest anyone within the Milimani court promises."


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