Itumbi released on sh100,000 as court rejects his continued detention

State House director of digital and new media Dennis Itumbi has been released on Sh100,000 cash bail after spending more than one week in police custody.

Magistrate Zainab Abdul dismissed the prosecution’s request that Itumbi be detained for a further nine days.

The state house digital director will be required to report at Muthaiga police station every two days before the mention of the case on July 22.

The court also told the police to release his power bank with his phone being released in 14 days.

Itumbi has been restrained from posting anything related to his case on social media while his passport was ordered to be deposited in the court.

The magistrate also noted that there was no need for DCI to continue to hold Itumbi due to the fact that since his arrest, he was only taken to DCI headquarters yesterday and was questioned for only 15 minutes.

Itumbi was arrested last week on Wednesday in Nairobi’s CBD over links to the fake assassination letter against Deputy President William Ruto. 

On Thursday, the court allowed the police to detain him for five days after the prosecution requested 14 days to complete investigations.

“Fourteen days is too long a period since investigations already commenced on June 20. The respondent’s phone has also been confiscated for forensic examination,” Abdul ruled.

In court last week, Itumbi sensationally claimed he has an audio and a video to prove there was a plot to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto.

He requested to play the recordings in court in camera, saying the investigators were aware he has them.

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