Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu arrested at Supreme Court – VIDEO
Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has been arrested at Supreme Court in Nairobi over alleged corruption.
Judge Mwilu was on Tuesday taken to DCI headquarters for questioning, escorted by DCI George Kinoti in person.
Moments after he arrest, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji called an urgent press conference on the matter.
Her arrest followed a series of meetings by the Judicial Service Commission, the judiciary employer, for the better part of the morning.
Mr Haji and Kenya’s top crime buster Kinoti attended some of the meetings before Judge Mwilu was taken into custody.
The agenda and resolutions of the meetings were not immediately clear and it is expected that Mr Haji will communicate the same.
Staff at the Supreme Court went on about their business as usual, with the majority avoiding contact with journalists.
The arrest of such a high-ranking judicial staff, unprecedented in Kenya’s history, is the culmination of weeks of investigations into brazen corruption at the Judiciary, and is likely to send shock waves throughout the institution.
The Nation has followed this case for months after it learnt that the judge had been reported by the Kenya Revenue Authority to Mr Haji over the suspicious movement of large sums of money in and out of bank accounts.
Sources told the Nation that investigations on the judge have mainly revolved around transactions involving the collapsed Imperial Bank, and failure to pay taxes.
The Central Bank (CBK) appointed the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) as receivers of Imperial Bank in October 2015 following its collapse amid revelations that up to Sh34 billion of shareholder deposits had gone missing.
The investigators had previously focused on the directors of the collapsed bank and some CBK officials.
The judge faces numerous counts of stealing, abuse of office and unlawful failure to pay taxes.
Additionally, investigators claim that the judge has acted in contravention of the Leadership and Integrity Act by accepting a personal loan of Sh12 million from Imperial Bank.